Volkswagen Official Gets 7-Year Term in Diesel-Emissions Cheating

Oliver Schmidt had pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the carmaker’s scheme to deceive regulators in the United States by cheating on diesel-emissions tests.

DETROIT — A top Volkswagen official in the United States was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in prison for his role in the German automaker’s decade-long scheme to cheat on diesel emissions tests.The sentencing of Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen manager in Michigan, is the latest turn in a vast scandal that has tarnished the company’s reputation and has cost the carmaker more than $20 billion in fines and settlements.The sentence, including a fine of $400,000, was handed down by Jud...