AP source: 2nd VW employee arrested over emissions scheme

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  • FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, a Volkswagen logo is seen on car offered for sale at New Century Volkswagen dealership in Glendale, Calif. The Volkswagen executive, Oliver Schmidt, who once was in charge of complying with U.S. emissions regulations has been arrested in connection with the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, a person briefed on the matter said Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, a Volkswagen logo is seen on car offered for sale at New Century Volkswagen dealership in Glendale, Calif. The Volkswagen executive, Oliver Schmidt, who once was in charge of complying with U.S. emissions ... regulations has been arrested in connection with the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, a person briefed on the matter said Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) (The Associated Press)

  • This photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows Oliver Schmidt under arrest on Jan. 7, 2017. Schmidt, the general manager of the engineering and environmental office for Volkswagen America, was arrested in connection with the company's emissions-cheating scandal. He has an appearance in Miami Federal Court, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    This photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows Oliver Schmidt under arrest on Jan. 7, 2017. Schmidt, the general manager of the engineering and environmental office for Volkswagen America, was arrested in connection with the company'... s emissions-cheating scandal. He has an appearance in Miami Federal Court, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, a Volkswagen logo is seen on car offered for sale at New Century Volkswagen dealership in Glendale, Calif. The Volkswagen executive, Oliver Schmidt, who once was in charge of complying with U.S. emissions regulations has been arrested in connection with the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, a person briefed on the matter said Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, a Volkswagen logo is seen on car offered for sale at New Century Volkswagen dealership in Glendale, Calif. The Volkswagen executive, Oliver Schmidt, who once was in charge of complying with U.S. emissions ... regulations has been arrested in connection with the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, a person briefed on the matter said Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) (The Associated Press)

A person briefed on the matter says a second Volkswagen employee has been arrested in the company's emissions cheating scandal.

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The person says Oliver Schmidt, a former general manager of the engineering and environmental office for VW in America, was arrested during the weekend in a federal criminal investigation. The person didn't want to be identified because they are not authorized to speak aobut the case.

Schmidt's bio for an auto conference says he was responsible for making sure vehicles sold in the U.S. comply with air quality regulations.

It is unclear exactly what charges he faces. The New York Times reported that Schmidt is expected to be arraigned Monday in Detroit.

Volkswagen has admitted that it programmed diesel vehicles to turn on during tests and off while on roads.