Volkswagen Given $2.8 Billion Criminal Penalty For Cheating on Emissions

A federal judge in Detroit on Friday sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years’ probation and independent oversight for the German automaker’s diesel emissions scandal as part of a $4.3 billion settlement announced in January.

“This is a case of deliberate and massive fraud,” U.S. District Judge Sean Cox said in approving the settlement that requires the automaker to make significant reforms. He also formally approved a $2.8 billion criminal fine as part of the sentence.

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