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Volkswagen ordered to pay $2.8 billion in US diesel emissions cheating scandal

DETROIT – Volkswagen has been ordered to pay $2.8 billion for a U.S. diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Federal Judge Sean Cox held a hearing Friday in Detroit, six weeks after the German automaker pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The judge wanted more time to consider the plea deal and fine negotiated by VW and the U.S. Justice Department.

Cox railed against corporate greed during Friday's hearing. Volkswagen offered an apology in court. 

VW admits that nearly 600,000 diesel cars in the U.S. were programmed to turn on pollution controls during testing and off while on the road.

Separately, VW is paying $1.5 billion in a civil case brought by the government and spending $11 billion to buy back cars and offer other compensation. Seven employees have also been charged.

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