VW scandal: Engineer arrested, naturally, in South Florida

In keeping with the rule that South Florida must be connected in some way with every debacle, a key Volkwagen engineer charged in the automaker’s emissions scandal in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday has been arrested and brought to court you know where.

Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States over the company's diesel emissions scandal is shown in this booking photo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. (Broward County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS)

Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States over the company’s diesel emissions scandal, in a booking photo in Fort Lauderdale. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via Reuters)

Oliver Schmidt lived in Germany and worked in Detroit, according to federal officials, but appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William C. Turnoff of the Southern District of Florida in Miami Monday. He was arrested Saturday in South Florida, reportedly while on vacation.

Schmidt, 48, was charged for his alleged role in a nearly decade-long conspiracy to defraud U.S. regulators and customers by rigging software to cheat emissions tests in hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen “clean diesel” vehicles, officials said.

VW declined comment, The New York Times reported. Schmidt’s lawyer told Reuters he had tried to cooperate with authorities.

The scandal infuriated drivers like Lisa Lowrance of Boynton Beach, who found the company’s actions “deceitful.”

 

 

 

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