Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Judge orders Volkswagen to pay $2.8B in emission scandal


A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a “massive fraud” orchestrat­ed by the German automaker. U.S. District Judge Sean Cox stuck to the plea deal during the sentencing hearing, six weeks after VW pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstructio­n of justice in a bold scheme involving nearly 600,000 diesel cars in the U.S. They were programmed to turn on pollution controls during testing and off while on the road. VW is paying $1.5 billion in a civil case, mostly to settle allegation­s brought by U.S. environmen­tal regulators, and spending $11 billion to buy back cars and other compensati­on. Seven employees have been charged with crimes in the U.S.

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