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A Volkswagen engineer will be sentenced in federal court Friday for his role in a $25 billion diesel emissions cheating scandal.

A former Volkswagen engineer who helped develop a device that enabled cars to evade United States pollution rules has been sentenced to more than three years in prison and ordered to pay $200,000.

Mr. Liang's cooperation with prosecutors provided evidence that helped lead to charges against others who worked at Volkswagen, including Oliver Schmidt, who led the auto maker's environment and engineering office in MI for several years.

A Volkswagen engineer was sentenced to 40 months imprisonment and will pay a $200,000 fine for participating in the German auto giant's emissions-cheating deception after cooperating with US prosecutors in their criminal investigation of the yearslong conspiracy to defraud government officials and customers.

"What occurred here was wrong", defense attorney Daniel Nixon said.

James Robert Liang of California was sentenced August 25 by U.S. District Judge Sean F. Cox of the Eastern District of MI.

James Liang, 63, was the first person prosecuted in the emissions scandal.

He was followed by six other current and former Volkswagen AG executives who were indicted in January 2017. However, the government also acknowledges that Liang is not the mastermind behind the scandal, U.S. News reported.

The US Department of Justice said that a Volkswagen engineer will spend three years and four months in a prison for developing a software to cheat US vehicle emissions tests.

Mr. Schmidt earlier this month pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and violating environmental law for concealing the use of illegal emissions software from US and California regulators. They had been marketed as "clean diesels" for the company's Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands between 2008 and 2015.

The devices, which allowed vehicles to perform better in test conditions than they did on the road, came to light after a study of emissions by researchers at West Virginia University. Investigators determined that the cars emitted more than 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide, which can cause respiratory problems in humans.

Volkswagen has stopped selling diesel cars in the USA since it admitted to the scheme.