Volkswagen Engineer James Liang Pleads Guilty; Earns Three-Year Jail Sentence

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James Liang, Volkswagen's Engineer, has pleaded guilty for his role in the emission scandal and the federal prosecutors have recommended a three-year prison sentence. Liang's role in the diesel emission scandal has cost the German carmaker almost $25 billion.

Liang, who has over 30 years of experience with Volkswagen and also a diesel engine expert is fully cooperating with prosecutors and will be sentenced on August 25.

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Prosecutors at the US district court said Liang "provided an insider's perspective of a company that had lost its ethical moorings in pursuit of increased market share and corporate profits."

Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen Executive also pleaded guilty earlier this month, after admitting to conspiring to mislead US regulators and violating clean air laws. Schmidt faces a seven-year prison term and a fine up to $400,000. He will be sentenced on December 6.

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    Story first published: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 13:00 [IST]

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