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Extent of the VW emissions cheating reportedly discussed two days before public announcement made, according to reports
On 20th September 2015, Volkswagen engineers and top managers reportedly discussed the extent of the emissions cheating before publicly admitting they’d installed the so-called “defeat device” software into their U.S. vehicles. The announcement saw the company’s share prices plummet and billions of pounds wiped off its market value.
The impact was then further exacerbated when Volkswagen made another announcement two days later confirming the full extent of Volkswagen group vehicles across the world that were affected. Apparently, this delay in reporting the full extent of the scandal may land VW in further trouble…
Former VW engineer, James Liang, pleaded guilty for his part in the emissions cheating that emerged in 2015, and prosecutors are now recommending a three year prison sentence for his involvement in the monstrous atrocity that shook the auto industry around the world.
Since the breaking of the scandal, VW has paid out around £20 billon in various penalty fines, settlements and lawsuits, and several executives and engineers are under investigation for their alleged participation in the scandal.
Following the VW emissions scandal, there have been multiple criminal and civil investigations. One VW engineer was convicted of defrauding customers and U.S. regulators alike.
James Liang pleaded guilty for conspiring to defraud customers and regulators. The U.S. Justice Department are pleased with their first criminal charge, following on from a year-long investigation upon which they extracted a confession from the VW veteran.
Amid all the VW investigations and settlement talks, the criminal investigations may have had slightly less media. The update on the criminal side is that a former-VW employee, as the first person to face U.S. criminal charges for the VW emissions scandal, has had his sentencing delayed.
It appears that U.S. District Judge Sean Cox may have cut the engineer, James Liang, some slack as his sentencing date has been pushed back from 1 February 2017 to 3 May 2017. The strategy for doing so was highlighted in Judge Cox’s delay order to “allow more time for defendant’s cooperation in the investigation”.
An engineer indicted in the U.S. investigations in to the extent of the Volkswagen emission scandal – AKA “dieselgate” – has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud regulators and car owners.
This is reportedly the first criminal charge off the back of the investigations, which has seen lawyers around the world now acting for victims pursuing compensation. Our lawyers are fighting for the rights of thousands of UK victims who have formally retained our services as we lead the fight for justice here in Britain.
We said that more and more would come out of the woodwork as time goes by, but this latest development in the Volkswagen emissions scandal has left our legal team and commenting clients in shock.
Questioning of bosses in the US has revealed that chiefs are blaming a small number of software engineers who are responsible for the defeat devices, with motives that remain unknown. They admit it’s hard to believe, and we agree – it’s very hard to believe indeed!
So the latest is that a small number of ‘rogue engineers’ have decided to do this off their own backs, without the knowledge of bosses. How on earth can we be expected to believe such things?