The FBI recently swooped in and arrested a Volkswagen executive living in Florida, The New York Times said recently. The executive is being charged in relation to the Volkswagen emission scandal a few years back.
The FBI believes Oliver Schmidt, who was in charge of Volkswagen’s compliance department, the one that was supposed to make sure Volkswagen was actually meeting or exceeding government emissions regulations, was actually fudging the numbers. In other words, according to The New York Times, Schmidt was telling everyone that Volkswagen had tried to meet emissions standards but that technical issues had prevented it from doing so.
A criminal investigation
This comes in light of the fact that Schmidt already revealed Volkswagen had placed special tools and software within its vehicles that allowed them to beat the emissions tests. The difference, according to The New York Times, is that now this is a criminal investigation instead of a matter between Volkswagen and the government, which was already settled in a $16 billion lawsuit. Now it’s time for the execs involved to pay the piper, it seems.