Volkswagen Executive Arrested By F.B.I. Over Diesel Emission Scandal

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The F.B.I. has arrested a Volkswagen Executive in Florida over his involvement with the diesel emission scandal. He was accused of playing a vital role in a broad conspiracy to keep the regulators from discovering the programmed diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests.

Oliver Schmidt, who is the ex-top emissions compliance manager for Volkswagen in the U.S. was arrested on Friday on conspiracy to defraud the country. Schmidt is accused of playing an important role in ensuring U.S. regulators to not to find about VW's cheating emissions.

According to a report in The New York Times, Shmidt tried to convince regulators that excess emissions were caused by technical problems. The problem was found after a study from West Virginia University which raised concerns about the engine.

In an affidavit by F.B.I. agent Ian Dinsmore, Schmidt is accused of "offering reasons for the discrepancy other than the fact that VW was intentionally cheating on U.S. emissions tests, in order to allow VW to continue to sell diesel vehicles in the United States."

The arrest of Schmidt comes as the criminal investigation into emissions cheating by Volkswagen. Earlier, the German marque has agreed to pay over $15 billion in compensation to affected owners.

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