E-waste recycler gets 15 month prison sentence for creating worthless backup discs


You may recognize the name Eric Lundgren. In 2017, he was all over the news for creating a $ 13,000 DIY electric car with a 380-plus mile range, easily besting a Tesla. Today he’s on his way to jail. Lundgren has always been a tinkerer. His LA-based company specialized in managing e-waste from common electronic devices like mobile phones and PCs. He’s devoted thousands of hours to recovering batteries, motors, and circuits from discarded items reuse in wheelchairs, vehicles, or even other PCs. At 19, he started a company to refurbish and sell computers given to him by corporate clients like Dell, Asus,…

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Volkswagen exec gets seven years in prison over emissions scandal

Volkswagen official Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to seven years in prison and handed down a $ 400,000 fine. In August, the former Volkswagen manager in Michigan pleaded guilty for his role in the automaker's emission-cheating scheme. If you'll re…
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VW executive given the maximum prison sentence for his role in Dieselgate

The man who was in charge of Volkswagen’s US environmental and engineering office before the Dieselgate scandal has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Oliver Schmidt had previously pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act and conspiracy to defraud the US government in August for his role in Dieselgate, where VW was found to have used hidden software to hide the fact that many of its cars weren’t meeting emissions standards.

The prison term and an accompanying $ 400,000 fine were announced at a sentencing hearing today in a US District Court in Detroit. They represent the maximum penalties for those charges.

Schmidt originally faced up to 169 years in prison on 11 felony counts before he entered his guilty plea. He is the…

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