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Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler receives suspended prison sentence in connection with the VW diesel scandal.

Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was found guilty of fraud in the 2015 diesel emissions crisis that rocked Volkswagen Group and was given a one year and nine month suspended sentence by a Munich court.

The court also ordered the ex-boss to pay a punishment of €1.1 million ($1.2 million), which will be distributed between the German government and various charities.

German authorities originally charged Stadler with fraud in 2014, making him the first member of Volkswagen’s (VLKAF) board to be sentenced in the case. He negotiated a lesser sentence with the court by confessing to his misdeeds. The judge decided to put his sentencing on hold for three years.

Former head of engine development at Audi, Wolfgang Hatz, and former lead diesel engineer, Giovanni Pamio, both received guilty verdicts and suspended jail terms of two and one year and nine months, respectively, from the court. Fines for both Hatz and Pamio totaled €400,000 ($437,000).

Using software that made vehicles appear less polluting in tests than they actually were on the road, Audi (AUDVF) and its parent firm Volkswagen revealed in 2015 that they had engineered diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests.

Years of inquiries, fines, and settlements have cost the automaker over €33 billion ($36 billion) since the issue broke out.

In 2019, German prosecutors also filed fraud charges against ex-Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn in connection with the scandal. Winterkorn has not been tried in court yet.

After an inquiry concluded he had mishandled warnings that VW was possibly deploying unlawful diesel engine technology, he settled with the firm for €11.2 million ($12.3 million) in 2021.

Following the same probe, former Volkswagen employee Stadler settled with the business for €4.1 million ($4.5 million). In June of 2018, he was taken into custody for his role in the diesel crisis.

Prosecutors in 2019 said that Stadler was aware of the diesel engine manipulation but did nothing to stop the sale of hundreds of thousands of vehicles with manipulated software.

Nearly 435,000 Audis, Porsches, and Volkswagens bound for the American and European markets were implicated.

Volkswagen and Audi issued statements Tuesday saying they were not involved in the proceedings and that the hearings should be “viewed independently” from the 2018 trials against the corporations.

“Audi has made excellent use of the disaster as a springboard for reinvention. To ensure compliance across the firm, we have upgraded our systems, processes, and checks,” Audi said, adding that the company had also “cultivated and strengthened a culture of constructive dialogue.”

Criminal charges against Volkswagen and Audi were dropped in 2018 by German prosecutors after the firms paid fines totaling over $2 billion.

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