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Volkswagen engineer gets jail term in diesel case


A federal judge in Detroit sentenced former engineer James Liang to 40 months in prison on Friday for his role in Volkswagen’ s multi year scheme to sell diesel cars that generated more pollution than US clean air rules allowed. Liang pleaded guilty earlier this year to misleading regulators, and had co operated with US law enforcemen­t officials investigat­ing Volkswagen. Prosecutor­s last week recommende­d that Liang ,63, receive a three-year prison sentence, while his lawyers said a sentence of home detention was appropriat­e. US District Court Judge Sean Cox told Liang at a hearing he was part of a long-term conspiracy that perpetrate­d a “stunning fraud on the American consumer.

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