The Financial Times reported that Cox approved a settlement between the auto maker and the U.S. justice department following Volkswagen pleading guilty and called the cheating "a case of deliberate and massive fraud". "As always it's the little guy", the judge said, referring to vehicle buyers and VW's blue-collar workers who might earn less in the future.
A federal judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay $2.8 billion in criminal penalties after the automaker admitted last month to illegally calibrating diesel engines so they could get around USA pollution rules.
As part of the plea agreement, VW will pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty to the United States and fully cooperate in the government's ongoing investigation and prosecution of individuals responsible for these crimes.
"This is a case of deliberate massive fraud perpetrated by VW management", Cox said today.
The plea agreement called for "organization probation" in which the company would be overseen by an independent monitor.
Along with the January 2017 plea agreement, the United States also announced separate civil resolutions of environmental, customs and financial claims, in which VW agreed to pay an additional $1.5 billion to settle EPA's claim for civil penalties in connection with the importation and sale of these cars, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection claims for customs fraud. Seven employees have also been charged.
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VW general counsel Manfred Doess said the company is not the same one that was caught 18 months ago.
"Plain and simple, it was wrong".
The automaker was charged with fraud in September 2015 when it was discovered that special software was created to mask the emission levels of their popular diesel engines in a range of models when they were tested by Environmental Protection Agency regulators.
VW admits that almost 600,000 diesel cars in the USA were programmed to turn on pollution controls during testing and off while on the road.
"The agreements that we have reached with the USA government reflect our determination to address misconduct that went against all of the values Volkswagen holds so dear", the statement said, in part.
"We have taken significant steps to strengthen accountability, enhance transparency and build a better company and we look forward to working closely with Mr. Thompson as we press forward with the biggest change process in Volkswagen's history", said Ms. Hiltrud Werner, Board Member of Integrity and Legal Affairs at Volkswagen AG.