A Volkswagen executive is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Detroit, with federal prosecutors calling for a prison sentence of seven years due to his part in the VW emissions scandal, according to wire service reports.
The prison sentence and $400,000 USA fine for Schmidt were the maximum possible under a plea deal in August the German national made with prosecutors after admitting to charges of conspiring to mislead U.S regulators and violate clean-air laws.
Mr Schmidt, who led the firm's environmental and engineering office in MI, learned of the cheating scheme in 2015, according to court documents.
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In delivering his verdict, Cox said Schmidt was a "key conspirator" who used his role in the scheme as an opportunity to climb VW's corporate ladder.
Schmidt read a written statement in court acknowledging his guilt and broke down when discussing his family's sacrifices on his behalf since his arrest in January.
"He could have made a lot of different choices", Singer said.
"Every time he chose to lie", Singer said.
VW used sophisticated software to cheat emissions rules on almost 600,000 US vehicles.
United States prosecutors have charged eight current and former Volkswagen executives.
Five other VW employees remain at large.
Volkswagen rebounded from the scandal during the past year.
Defence lawyers had sought a sentence of only 40 months and a US$100,000 fine, saying Schmidt's participation in the conspiracy had not occurred until nine years after it began and that he had expressed remorse.
He returned to Germany the same month where he was told about the existence of the software.
Evidence showed that despite meeting with Californian regulators in 2015, Schmidt did not disclose why VW vehicles were testing oddly, and was later found to have destroyed documents that revealed the fraudulent software.
The auto industry is still feeling the repercussions of Volkswagen's diesel cheating. These allowed vehicles to cheat pollution tests.
In 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an industry-shattering violation notice against Volkswagen that accused them of intentionally faking emissions testing for more than 11 million vehicles worldwide.