Ex-VW Executive Says He Feels “Misused” Ahead Of Dieselgate Sentencing

The former Volkswagen executive who pleaded guilty to his involvement in the brand’s dieselgate scandal says he feels “misused” by the automaker.

In a letter penned to U.S. Judge Sean Cox a couple of days before his sentencing, Oliver Schmidt looked for mercy after pleading guilty in August to wrongdoing, claiming that was following a script issued by VW management when speaking with California Air Resources board executive Alberto Ayala.

“I must say that I feel misused by my own company in the diesel scandal or ‘Dieselgate’.

“In hindsight, I should never have agreed to meet with Dr Ayala on that day or better yet, I should have gone to that meeting and ignored the instructions given to me and told Dr Ayala that there is a defeat device in the VW diesel engine vehicles and that VW had been cheating for almost a decade. I did not do that and that is why I find myself here today,” Schmidt admitted.

Schmidt was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States in early January 2017 having previously served as the head of VW’s environmental and engineering office in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Schmidt faces up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $400,000 for his involvement in the scandal, Reuters reports.


  • Six_Tymes

    and what consequences has Dr Ayala received?

    • Krisnadi Imam

      I dunno… a slap on the wrist and a cookie for consolation?

  • S3XY

    All of them are fookin weasels

  • SteersUright

    Wow, a crook suddenly finds his conscience only when he’s caught, not ever during the 8 years prior…I must say, breaks the heart. Thank g-d Europe has braver and more ethical enforcement officials willing to jail powerful executives unlike here in there USA.

  • klowik

    I also thought how could they sell the Golf at similar price level as a Corolla or Mazda when most aspects of car such as interior/exterior metal/paint; the handling and driving experience was much better than the Japanese car…if they could not afford to reduce the emission problem, they should have move to cut cost on other areas and put more resources to reduce the emission rather than cheating..

  • Knotmyrealname

    So who in VW management issued the script? I do believe this goes all the way up to Merkel. And I’m waiting to hear what Bosch’s punishment will be.

  • Enter Ranting

    Zero sympathy for this fool. Involved in cheating, kept to the script when caught, and NOW he feels “misused?” Playing a subatomic-sized violin for him…