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Volkswagen pleads guilty to 3 charges, will pay $4.3b for emissions scandal

epa05710397 (FILE) - A file dated 23 March 2016 shows a man looking at the Volkswagen display at the 2016 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, New York, USA. According to a statement by German carmaker Volkswagen on 10 January 2017, the troubled company is set to plead guity to federal charges in the US and settle the case by paying a fine of 4.3 billion US dollars. The fine and the plead are aimed to end investivations by US authorities into the Volkswagen 'dieselgate' emissions cheating scandal. EPA/JUSTIN LANE *** Local Caption *** 52911939

Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency/file 2016

WASHINGTON — Volkswagen is pleading guilty to three criminal charges and will pay $4.3 billion to the U.S. government for cheating on emissions tests and destroying evidence in an elaborate cover-up.

The penalty is the largest against an automaker in U.S. history.

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The government also said a grand jury has returned an indictment against six VW executives and employees for their roles in the scheme.

The deal announced Wednesday also requires VW to cooperate in an ongoing probe that could lead to the arrest of more employees.

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Government documents accuse six VW supervisors of lying to environmental regulators or destroying computer files containing evidence.

VW admitted programming diesel engines to turn on pollution controls during government tests and switch them off in real-world driving.

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