Court: Former VW executive to plead guilty in emissions scandal

VW's Liaison to US Regulators Is Preparing Guilty Plea

Schmidt's lawyer, David DuMouchel, declined comment when asked about his client's decision. He must formally plead guilty at a new hearing on 4 August, the same source said.

Oliver Schmidt, a German national who formerly worked as a Volkswagen executive, has agreed to plead guilty over the massive emissions-cheating scandal, a court spokesman said Tuesday.

Mr. Schmidt's cooperation would be a coup for the Justice Department's case against Volkswagen.

The company has said the software is on some 11 million vehicles globally.

Earlier in July the Justice Department charged Giovanni Pamio, a former manager from Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, with directing employees to design emission-cheating software.

Schmidt would be the second VW employee implicated in the emissions scandal to plead guilty.

Numerous other managers charged are believed to be in Germany, making extradition to the US unlikely.

The German automaker pleaded guilty in March to criminal charges that it defrauded the USA and conspired to violate the Clean Air Act.

The terms of Mr. Schmidt's guilty plea and his expected prison time or other punishments remained unclear.

Oliver Schmidt, who was chief of Volkswagen's environmental and engineering center in MI, has been held since January when he was arrested in Miami trying to return to Germany.

Among those indicted earlier were Heinz-Jakob Neusser, former head of development for VW Brand and two former heads of engine development, Jens Hadler and Richard Dorenkamp.

It's been almost two years since news of Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating first broke, and the months since have been filled with recalls, buybacks, and lots and lots of money flying out of the company's bank account and into the pockets of affected customers.

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