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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 12:37 PM

Judge sentences Volkswagen to $2.8B criminal fine for emissions cheating

Source: Detroit Free Press

Judge sentences Volkswagen to $2.8B criminal fine for emissions cheating

Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press Published 10:56 a.m. ET April 21, 2017 | Updated 1 hour ago

DETROIT Volkswagen must pay a $2.8 billion criminal fine for purposely building a diesel engine equipped with software to cheat on greenhouse gas emissions tests.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox on Friday accepted a plea agreement reached in January between the automaker and the federal government.

Cox said the $2.8 billion criminal penalty is large enough, even though Volkwagen's offenses, spanning a decade, were done on purpose.

"This is a case of deliberate massive fraud perpetrated by VW management," Cox said today. "This case also involves a failure of the VW supervisory board, which is government, labor and shareholders."

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Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/04/21/volkswagen-diesel-scandal-hearing/100739290/

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