Schmidt, who led Volkswagen's United States regulatory compliance office from 2012 to March 2015, was also ordered by a federal judge in Detroit to pay a $400,000 fine.
Oliver Schmidt, a German national who was the general manager in charge of VW's environmental and engineering office in MI, had pleaded guilty to his part in the cover-up and argued he was "misused" by VW in its attempts to circumvent USA emissions tests.
"A script, or talking points, I was directed to follow for that meeting was approved by management level supervisors at VW, including a high-ranking in-house lawyer", he wrote in a letter addressed to Judge Sean F. Cox from the Federal District Court of Detroit. "You saw this as your opportunity to shine ... and climb the corporate ladder at VW". Schmidt was also ordered to pay a criminal penalty of $400,000, according to a US Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
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German Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt.
Schmidt said he had only himself to blame and that his loyalty to Volkswagen allowed him to be "misused" by the company.
It said Schmidt oversaw emissions at the MI office from 2012 to early 2015, and did not disclose the cheat software during a meeting with California regulators in 2015. It is being said that he tried to suppress the issue of his involvement, however admitted that he had hidden the existence of the software in a meeting with a California Air-Resources Board's senior official, long ago in 2015.
However, Oliver Schmidt, a German national who headed up VW's environmental and engineering office in MI, is only the second person to receive jail time in the United States for his role in the scheme.