Volkswagen Exec Gets 7 Years Behind Bars for Emissions Cheating

A former Volkswagen executive was sentenced Wednesday to seven years behind bars over the auto maker’s efforts to skirt regulations on diesel-emissions tests. Oliver Schmidt, a German citizen who was based in Michigan, was also fined $400,000 for his role in the scheme, which has cost the company more than $20 billion. Schmidt had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the federal government, and to violating the Clean Air Act.