We had earlier reported that Volkswagen's Engineer, James Liang, had pleaded guilty and prosecutors had recommended a three-year sentence. As of latest developments, Liang has been awarded a 40-month jail term for his involvement with Volkswagen's Diesel Gate scandal.
US District Court Judge Sean Cox passed the judgment, along with a fine of $2,00,000. As per reports by Wall Street Journal, "The punishment imposed on the German exceeded prosecutors' recommendation. They had asked that Liang receive three years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine." However, Liang has been fined ten times more.
Stating the Diesel Gate scandal as "stunning fraud on the American consumer", the Judge stated, "This is a very serious and troubling crime against our economic system."
In a bid to make clean diesel engines, Volkswagen used software that cheated emission norms while vehicles were being tested. In real life scenario, the engines produced up to 40 times the permissible limit of nitrous oxide.
Volkswagen's Diesel Gate scandal affected cars globally, which was first discovered with the 2.0-litre diesel engines and later with the 3.0-litre engines. The scandal has cost the carmaker in billions and is also facing multiple lawsuits. The company has to concentrate and work hard on fixing the issue.