The plea is the last major action U.S. officials are expected to take against FCA over emissions fraud.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles AG’s U.S. operations pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy on Friday and will pay about $300 in a plea deal to resolve the U.S. Justice Department’s -long emissions fraud investigation, court documents show.

FCA US LLC, now part of Stellantis, will pay a criminal fine of about $300 million for trying to circumvent emissions requirements for more than 100,000 older Ram pickups and Jeep sport-utility vehicles in its U.S. product line.

“FCA US engaged in a multi-year scheme to mislead U.S. regulators and ,” Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite said, adding that the department would pursue “seeking to put profits over frankness, corporate governance and prompt remediation. responsible company.”

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds of Detroit set a July 18 sentencing date. The settlement includes a forfeiture penalty of $203.6 million and a penalty of $96.1 million. The government noted that FCA US previously paid $311 million in civil penalties and more than $183 million in damages to more than 63,000 people as part of the class-action diesel lawsuit.

FCA US will have a three-year trial. Automakers must conduct an initial review of their with the Clean Air Act and inspection and testing procedures, submit a report and prepare at least two follow-up reviews and reports. Reuters reported the settlement last week.

The Justice Department said FCA US deceptive software features designed to avoid regulatory scrutiny and fraudulently help diesel vehicles meet required emissions standards. The department said the company “deliberately calibrated the emission control system” to produce fewer emissions than under driving conditions during the federal testing program.

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The guilty plea is the last major action U.S. officials are expected to take against FCA over emissions fraud.

Stellantis confirmed the settlement on Friday and said in its 2021 financial disclosure that the amount related to the matter at the was about 266 million euros ($301 million).

The model years of the affected diesel-powered vehicles are from 2014 to 2016. FCA merged with French Peugeot maker PSA in 2021 to form Stellantis.

Three FCA U.S. employees are awaiting trial indicted for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and violating the Clean Air Act.

The plea deal comes five years after Volkswagen criminal charges to resolve an emissions crisis affecting nearly 600,000 vehicles in a scandal dubbed “dieselgate.”

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

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