James Liang’s faces up to five years in prison but sentence could be reduced for his cooperation in the justice department investigation

Volkswagen engineer James Liang pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of conspiracy in the company’s emissions cheating scandal and has agreed to cooperate in the widening criminal investigation. This is the first criminal charge in the justice department’s year-long investigation into the company’s rigging of federal air pollution tests.

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Source: Guardian Environment