Oliver Schmidt, the former high-ranking executive who spearheaded Volkswagen's multiyear efforts keep its conspiracy to cheat on diesel emissions a secret from U.

S. regulators and failed to cooperate with investigators, received the maximum sentence possible Wednesday from a federal judge in Detroit.

Schmidt, 48, was sentenced to seven years in prison and a $400,000 fine on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Sean Cox. In August, he pleaded guilty to two felony charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating the Clean Air Act. A third charge of aiding and abetting wire fraud was rolled into the conspiracy charge in a plea agreement.

Cox agreed to allow Schmidt to continue to serve his sentence at the federal penitentiary in Milan, Michigan, where he has been behind bars since March. As part of the sentence, Schmidt will get credit for the nearly 11 months that he has so far been incarcerated.

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