Tesla Facing Criminal Probe Over Elon Musk’s Tweets About Going Private

Tesla is facing a criminal probe from the Justice Department concerning Elon Musk’s tweets about taking the electric automaker private.

Musk’s infamous tweet that he had secured the funding to take Tesla private sent the carmaker’s shares soaring. Almost immediately, the Securities and Exchange Commission sought information from the automaker about its plans.

Although the new criminal inquiry is only in its early stages, Tesla confirmed that it had been contacted by the Justice Department. News of the investigation dropped its shares by almost 5 per cent.

“Last month, following Elon’s announcement that he was considering taking the company private, Tesla received a voluntary request for documents from the DOJ and has been cooperative in responding to it,” Tesla said in a response to Bloomberg News reporting about the DOJ investigation.

“We have not received a subpoena, a request for testimony, or any other formal process. We respect the DOJ’s desire to get information about this and believe that the matter should be quickly resolved as they review the information they have received.”

On August 7, Elon Musk tweeted that funding had been secured to take Tesla private at $420 per share. As it turns out, this wasn’t the case and Musk had based his statement on conversations he had previously had with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. The fund soon denied that it would help take Tesla private – and those tweets might have had something to do with this.

Apart from the Justice Department, Tesla is also under scrutiny by the SEC despite Musk having rescinded his original announcement and announcing that Tesla would remain public.

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  • PK

    Tesla’s the automaker that are accident waiting to happen.

  • Christian
  • Mr. EP9

    Elon just can’t stay out of the news and lately it has been for all the wrong reasons.

    • Mike anonymous

      I’m upvoting this not because I like it, but rather because it is true.

  • TheBelltower

    Someone needs to take his Twitter away. I think he’s brilliant, but he behaves like a high school mean girl online.

  • charlotteharry57

    As I’ve said elsewhere, he’ll just love the slammer that Martha Stewart was in. Probably has free pot and tons of booze. And gourmet food and…

  • john1168

    This guy just needs to stop tweeting and talking in public…

  • LJ

    I watched Elon’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s show. Hard to believe that’s the same guy tweeting.

    • Six_Tymes

      why, to me his tweets fit perfectly. smoke another Elon, maybe a bong next time?


  • Bob

    There it is! I wondered if Elon being such a pain lately is so that the share price comes down so he can buy people out for even cheaper.

  • Stephen G

    Unless he personally profited because of the tweet, aka Pump and Dump, there is no case. I believe there was an offer on the table but don’t believe he ever intended to take it.

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