September 8, 2017 / 1:10 AM / 2 years ago

Volkswagen engineer to appeal U.S. prison sentence

FILE PHOTO - An American flag flies next to a Volkswagen car dealership in San Diego, California, U.S. September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

(Reuters) - Former Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) engineer James Liang plans to appeal a 40-month prison sentence for his role in Volkswagen’s multiyear scheme to sell diesel cars that generated more pollution than U.S. clean air rules allowed, according to a court filing on Thursday.

A federal judge sentenced Liang in August.

U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox also ordered the former engineer to pay a $200,000 fine.

In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Michigan, his lawyer on Thursday said Liang’s sentence would be appealed to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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