Sentence next for Volkswagen in US diesel emissions scandal

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VW itself pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice for their role six weeks ago, while the several employees who have been charged await their own trials.

Troubled German carmaker Volkswagen was ordered on Friday to pay USD2.8 billion as a criminal penalty in the United States as it struggles to bring to an end the long-running diesel emissions scandal that has engulfed the company. He also formally approved a $2.8 billion criminal fine as part of the sentence.

Separately, VW is paying $1.5 billion in a civil case, mostly to settle allegations brought by US environmental regulators, and spending $11 billion to buy back cars and offer other compensation.

Cox urged the German government to "prosecute those responsible for this deliberate massive fraud that has damaged an iconic automobile company". By imposing the fine, and accepting Volkswagen's agreement to be overseen by a federal monitor, the judge also accepted the deal between the government and the company. "I just can't believe VW is in the situation it finds itself in today."As well as accepting the agreement reached between VW and the US government, Cox rejected separate calls from lawyers representing individual VW customers for restitution". US prosecutors said in January that five of the seven are believed to be in Germany.

Volkswagen has previously agreed to more than $17 billion in civil settlements with consumers and dealers who bought the diesel vehicles at issue.

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GettyVolkswagen to pay £2.2bn in fines in the US

However, the automaker also spent months trying to hide the device even after the California Air Resources Board began asking questions.

Cox initially said the government's agreement might not be enough.

Based in the northern German city of Wolfsburg, VW has already agreed to pay a total of USD4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties.

Volkswagen, now the world's largest automaker, could have been fined anywhere from $17 billion to $34 billion under USA law but was said to be cooperative, engaged - save for a few executives and workers who obstructed the investigation - and actively correcting its corporate culture.

"This conduct was not consistent with the values of this company and plain and simple it was wrong".

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