Tesla shares plummet on fraud accusation
The SEC said that Musk had made ‘false and misleading’ claims to have secured funding with which to take the company private. Musk tweeted last month that he had “funding secured” to take the company private valued at $420 a share.
The value of Tesla shares soared following the tweets sent on 7th August, before falling back again as Musk distanced himself from his messages, citing investor feedback.
The US regulator wants to ban Musk from acting as an officer or director of a publicly traded company. It is also seeking a financial settlement, accusing Musk of causing ‘significant confusion’ in the stock market and confusing investors.