In separate civil resolutions of environmental, customs and financial claims, the company has agreed to pay $1.5 billion. This includes EPA’s claim for civil penalties against the company in connection with the company's importation and sale of these cars, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) claims for customs fraud. In addition, the EPA agreement requires injunctive relief to prevent future violations. The agreements also resolve alleged violations of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).
The company is charged with and has agreed to plead guilty to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the United States and the company's U.S. customers and to violate the Clean Air Act by lying and misleading the EPA and U.S. customers about whether certain branded diesel vehicles complied with U.S. emissions standards, using cheating software to circumvent the U.S. testing process and concealing material facts about its cheating from U.S. regulators.
The company is also charged with obstruction of justice for destroying documents related to the scheme, and with a separate crime of importing these cars into the U.S. by means of false statements about the vehicles’ compliance with emissions limits. Under the terms of the plea agreement, which must be accepted by the court, the company will plead guilty to all these crimes, will be on probation for three years, will be under an independent corporate compliance monitor who will oversee the company for at least three years, and agrees to fully cooperate in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation and prosecution of individuals responsible for these crimes.
To read the entire DOJ Press Release please follow this link: $4.3B Civil and Criminal Penalty