Volkswagen Engineer James Liang Could Be First of Many Volkswagen Officials Involved in Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen Engineer James Liang Could of First of Many Volkswagen Officials Involved in Emissions Scandal

James Liang has become the first engineer to plead guilty in the ongoing Justice Department investigation in the emissions cheating scandal at the automaker. Liang’s lawyer has indicated that he is just one of many people involved in the scandal at Volkswagen. The company rigged the data for the air-pollution tests and is already facing an inquiry. Liang is cooperating with the Justice Department inquiry staff.

With Liang pleading guilty, the event will put pressure on other higher officials at Volkswagen. Volkswagen has already agreed to $16.5 billion in settlement for the charges it faces in the United States. The company faces tough action as the initial inquiry indicates that engineers at Volkswagen rigged the data as they were sure their vehicles wouldn’t be able to meet the latest emissions standards in the United States.

Liang, 62, worked at Volkswagen Wolfsburg, Germany facility for 25 years. He moved to the United States facility of German automaker in 2008. He worked as the head of Diesel Competence unit at Volkswagen in the United States.

In his statement, Liang said, “I know VW did not disclose the defeat device to U.S. regulators in order to sell the cars in the U.S. That’s what makes me guilty.”

In Germany, Volkswagen stock declined by nearly one percent during Friday’s trading session.

In June this year, Volkswagen agreed to settlement to resolve the disputes with customers and authorities. Customers will get paid by the company. In certain cases, the company is returning as much as 95% of the purchase price to customers. After the diesel car emission scandals, price of used diesel vehicles from Volkswagen dropped by as much as 30 percent in the United States.

Customers will have to register their request at Volkswagen’s claims portal for buyback of vehicles. The customers claim portal provides details about the money customers can receive for returning their vehicles.


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