Back in January, the FBIon charges related to the automaker's diesel scandal. Now, half a year later, he's expected to plead guilty.
Oliver Schmidt is expected to plead guilty on August 4 in Detroit, Reuters reports, citing a court spokesman. One of eight executives charged thus far, Schmidt was picked up as he tried to leave the country in January. He's been held in the US since that time.
Schmidt is facing 11 separate felony counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, with a maximum sentence of 169 years in prison. Schmidt was the head of VW's environmental and engineering center in Michigan. The full terms of his plea bargain are not yet known. A lawyer for the executive did not immediately return a request for comment.
In March, Volkswagen itself, including fraud and obstruction of justice. It was the first time VW admitted guilt in any court, and it will probably have to pay fines in addition to those already levied against the company.
Volkswagen ended up in this mess after it admitted to willfully deceiving emissions regulators around the world. Engineers created and installed software in diesel vehicles that would curb emissions while testing, only to have the vehicles pollute well in excess of legal limits once on the road. Volkswagen has since agreed to independent oversight and reforms, as well as.