A maximum seven-year sentence for former Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt closes a long chapter in perhaps the largest and most expensive conspiracy in the global auto industry's history, reports the Detroit News.
Alongside the sentence Schmidt was fined $400,000.
Schmidt, who had returned to Germany, was arrested in Florida in January after attempting to return home from a vacation following the filing of an Federal Bureau of Investigation complaint.
The prison sentence and $400,000 USA fine for Schmidt were the maximum possible under a plea deal in August the German national made with prosecutors after admitting to charges of conspiring to mislead U.S regulators and violate clean-air laws.
Schmidt was previously facing up to 169 years in prison on 11 felony counts before entering his guilty plea deal.
Last week, Schmidt's attorneys made a last-minute bid requesting a lighter sentence for Schmidt: 40 months of supervised release and a $100,000 fine.
Schmidt said he had only himself to blame and that his loyalty to Volkswagen allowed him to be "misused" by the company.
Judge Cox earlier this year sentenced Volkswagen Engineer James Liang to 40-months in prison. Although six other VW Group executives have been indicted, none are in United States custody.
In August, Oliver Schmidt pled guilty to federal charges of conspiring to defraud the US and violating the Clean Air Act in connection with Volkswagen's "clean diesel" emissions cheating scandal. It was found the cars emitted far beyond legal levels of the harmful gases when underway on public roads.
Schmidt, who oversaw emissions at VW's office in MI from 2012 to early 2015, met with key California regulators in 2015 but did not disclose the rogue software. That summer, A CARB official asked to speak to Schmidt about a discrepancy between VW's emissions numbers from lab testing and real-world emissions numbers from researchers at West Virginia University.