FRANKFURT Jan 11 Volkswagen agreed
a $4.3 billion settlement to resolve the U.S. government's civil
and criminal investigations into its diesel emissions cheating
on Wednesday, which singled out six senior managers below board
level, an attorney and other VW employees for their role in a
decade of emissions deception.
VW pleaded guilty to three felonies: conspiracy to commit
fraud and violate the Clean Air Act, obstruction of justice and
entry of goods by false statement.
The statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in
Detroit detailed a concerted effort by certain VW employees to
destroy documents in anticipation of an order to preserve them,
as VW employees prepared to admit to U.S. regulators that the
carmaker had used a "defeat device" to cheat diesel tests.
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Edward Taylor and