— A former executive at a Tesla Motors Inc. subsidiary was indicted Tuesday on felony securities fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Colorado said in a news release.
The indictment accuses David M. Teslas, 50, of using his position as a senior manager at Tesla Motors in Colorado to obtain more than $20 million in investments from a company called TESELANDS, which specializes in investing in the Tesla Motors business.
Teslas and other employees used the funds to buy stocks in TESOLAS, an investment company founded in 2014 by former Tesla employees and which is owned by the same person, according to the indictment.
Tesla said in an emailed statement that Teslas had resigned from the company and was no longer employed by Tesla Motors.TESLA has a long history of taking advantage of employees and their families and is committed to protecting them and our customers from potential fraud, Tesla said.
Tetslas pleaded not guilty in federal court in Denver.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tetra Networks, an online security company founded by former TESLANTS employees, also declined to comment.
Tetslas’ attorney did not return a message left Tuesday seeking comment.
A TESLETA spokeswoman did not respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Tetsla was indicted on felony fraud charges.
He is instead facing securities fraud and wire fraud charges and is scheduled to appear in federal district court in Colorado on June 26.