Parallel to the third agreement, the U.S. Department of Justice settled criminal proceedings against Volkswagen AG by arguing for crimes of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and importation of goods by false statements; and U.S. Customs and Border Guards have resolved civil fraud involving Volkswagen from illegal importation of affected vehicles. Details of these resolutions are not on this page. It was the first time the company has pleaded guilty in a world court, a company spokesman said, and comes as the automaker tries to get out of the car industry`s most costly scandal. “Volkswagen deeply regrets the behaviour that led to the diesel crisis,” said Matthias Muller, Chairman of the Volkswagen Group`s Executive Board. Since all this has been brought to light, we have worked tirelessly to get things in order for our affected customers and we have already made some progress in this direction. The agreements we have with the U.S. government reflect our determination to fight faults that are contrary to all the values that cost Volkswagen so much. This is a big step forward for our company and for all our employees. On October 18, 2016, Volkswagen obtained provisional authorization to settle the claims of some 650 VW franchise dealers in the United States for TDI vehicles involved in the diesel case and other issues raised regarding the value of the franchise.

The Court has scheduled an oral hearing on January 18, 2017 to decide whether the proposed agreement would be definitively approved. With their terms, the agreements announced today resolve Volkswagen`s liability under U.S. law and are not intended to settle Volkswagen`s liability, if any, in accordance with the laws or regulations of a jurisdiction outside the United States. Volkswagen continues to cooperate with the DOJ`s investigations into human behaviour and with the investigations of the prosecutors` office in Brunswick and Munich, Germany. In order not to jeopardize or otherwise interfere with ongoing investigations, the company will not comment on the facts or conclusions of Jones Day`s work. “Volkswagen deeply regrets the behaviour that led to the diesel crisis. The agreements we have reached with the U.S. government reflect our determination to fight faults that are contrary to all values that cost Volkswagen so much,” the company said in a statement. “Volkswagen is not the same company today as it was 18 months ago.” “Her honor, VW AG pleads guilty to all three counts because she is guilty of all three counts,” Doess told the court. If you would like to contact the Department of Justice about the admission of guilt, you can contact the Victim Helpline free of charge at (888) 549-3945 or by email at victimassistance.fraud@usdoj.gov.

If the accused does not plead guilty that day, a provisional trial date will be set and we will update this site with the scheduled date and time. U.S. District Judge Sean Cox accepted the company`s guilty plea for conspiracy to commit fraud, obstruction and entry of goods on charges of false charges and filed an April 21 sentence, where he must decide to approve the terms of the plea agreement.