A former employee of Tesla on Thursday issued a statement accusing the manufacturer of electric vehicles not to inform the authorities of the alleged involvement of a number of employees in the drug trafficking network.
Karl Hansen, a former security guard, said in his statement that Nevada Gigafactory employees were allegedly involved in the trafficking of “significant quantities of cocaine and possibly crystal meth” for a Mexican-based cartel, according to a report from the New York Post.
He also mentioned that he had filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The allegation that an internal investigation into criminal activities had been canceled by Tesla, Hansen said he had been ordered to conceal a theft of 37 million dollars (about 258.2 million rupees) ) at the Nevada factory, adding that another worker had been fired, labeling him not a “Tesla team player”.
Hansen also alleged that Tesla’s co-founder and CEO Elon Musk had sanctioned the spying of employees.
A spokesman for Tesla said that Hansen’s allegations were under investigation and he refused to contact the company to further discuss the issue.
“Mr. Hansen’s allegations were taken very seriously when he presented them, some of his statements are totally false, others could not be corroborated, so we suggested additional investigative measures to try to validate We wanted to make sure we understood, we tried several times to engage more Mr. Hansen to better understand what he claimed and the work he had done to reach his conclusions., And to this day , refused to talk more with the company. It seems odd that Mr. Hansen expresses concern about something going on within the company, but then refuses to dialogue with the company to discuss the information that he believes he has, “said the spokesman.
This has made Hansen the second former Tesla employee in recent times to unravel alleged corporate misconduct after Martin Tripp alleged flaws in the manufacturing process of a battery factory, claiming that the company was selling products that could harm drivers.
An investigation was conducted by the SEC to ascertain whether Musk deliberately misled Tesla investors. This adds to the legal problem that the electric car manufacturer faces as part of its privatization plans.