According to a report published on Friday, Tesla is under FBI investigation over Tesla’s false information about the production of Model 3 electric sedans and to misled investors about the company’s business. The FBI agents have contacted Tesla employees to interview them, the investigation is heating up asking the employees for a testimony in the Criminal case.
The company received a voluntary request for documents from the DOJ: “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. 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.”
The FBI investigation was first started in 2017 when Tesla announced the production of its Model 3 cars. While investigation they have compared the Tesla’s public statements and the number of vehicles which was actually built. The company recently received its first Quarterly profit in the span of two years.
In 2017, Elon Musk made a plan for Model 3 production anticipating that the company will be producing 20,000 vehicles a month by December 2017. But in July 2018 Musk tweeted about the delays which resulted in only 2,700 Model 3s being built in all of 2017.
The Tesla’s spokesperson said they had received a voluntary request from Department of Justice about the public guidance for the Model 3 ramp
“We have not received a subpoena, a request for testimony, or any other formal process, and there have been no additional document requests about this from the Department of Justice for months,” Tesla spokesperson said.
In September, CEO Elon Musk settled a lawsuit with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the charges of fraud when he had tweet “funding secured” to take Tesla private when actually he did not. The Department of Justice (DOP) still examining his statement.