Fiat Chrysler will pay 300 million dollars in the US in one

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The U.S. division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now part of the Stellantis Group, was ordered to pay $300 million after pleading guilty in June to criminal conspiracy to resolve a multi-year investigation by the Department of Justice of the USA related to the fraud regarding the emissions of vehicles with diesel engines, reports Reuters.

FCA US, formerly Chrysler Group, previously entered into a settlement with the Department of Justice and agreed to pay a fine of $96.1 million and forfeit $203.6 million.

FCA US, now a division of Stellantis, was also sentenced to three years of organizational probation.

The company was accused of making false claims about diesel emissions for more than 100,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles in the US, manufactured between 2014 and 2016.

The Justice Department said FCA conspired to cheat US emissions tests. The $300 million criminal penalty “is the result of an exhaustive three-year investigation,” said Deputy Attorney General Todd Kim.

“This resolution shows that the Department of Justice is determined to hold corporations accountable for misleading regulators.”

Department officials noted that FCA US previously paid a $311 million civil penalty and $183 million in restitution to more than 63,000 people as part of a diesel class action.

The automaker must conduct an initial assessment of its compliance with the Clean Air Act and inspection and testing procedures, submit a report, and prepare at least two follow-up reports.