DOJ Targets Tesla With Fraud Investigation Over Self-Driving Claims

Tesla Autopilot Screen | Image by Tesla
Tesla Autopilot Screen | Image by Tesla

ZeroHedge is reporting “in what appears to be just the latest ‘lawfare’ angle of attack against Elon Musk (and his freedom of speech enabling platform), President Biden’s Department of Justice is examining whether Tesla committed securities or wire fraud by misleading investors and consumers about its electric vehicles’ self-driving capabilities.

“Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving systems assist with steering, braking and lane changes – but are not fully autonomous – and Reuters reports that, according to three people familiar with the matter, the DOJ is checking statements by the automaker and Chief Executive Elon Musk suggesting cars can drive themselves.

“Investigators are exploring whether Tesla committed wire fraud, which involves deception in interstate communications, by misleading consumers about its driver-assistance systems, the sources said.”

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