Liang, who pleaded guilty to misleading regulators, is
cooperating with prosecutors and will be sentenced on Aug. 25.
Prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Detroit said Liang, a
diesel engine expert with more than 30 years of experience at
VW, "provided an insider's perspective of a company that had
lost its ethical moorings in pursuit of increased market share
and corporate profits."
On Friday, VW said it continues to cooperate with federal
investigators but declined further comment.
Earlier this month, Oliver Schmidt, a former VW executive,
pleaded guilty in federal court in Detroit in connection with
the scandal. He faces up to seven years in prison and a fine of
up to $400,000 after admitting to conspiring to mislead U.S.
regulators and violating clean air laws. Schmidt will be
sentenced on Dec. 6. [nL1N1KQ0SQ]
In March, Volkswagen pleaded guilty to three felony counts under
a plea agreement to resolve U.S. charges that it installed
secret software in vehicles in order to cheat on emissions
U.S. prosecutors have charged eight current and former
Volkswagen executives so far.
Among those indicted earlier were Heinz-Jakob Neusser, former
head of development for VW Brand and two former heads of engine
development, Jens Hadler and Richard Dorenkamp.
(Additional reporting by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing
by Tom Brown)
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