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VW executive scheduled to plead guilty in emissions scandal

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Oliver Schmidt, general manager, Environment and Engineering Office, Volkswagen Group of America Oliver Schmidt, general manager, Environment and Engineering Office, Volkswagen Group of America

DETROIT (AP) — A German Volkswagen executive is scheduled to plead guilty in Detroit in a scheme to cheat emission rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles.

Oliver Schmidt is due in U.S. District Court on Friday. He is charged with conspiracy and fraud.

Schmidt is a former manager of a VW engineering office in suburban Detroit. He was arrested in January.

VW admits using software to get around emission standards. The company pleaded guilty in March and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in penalties, on top of billions more to buy back cars.

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