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Self-styled Tesla whistleblower files formal SEC complaint

Self-styled Tesla whistleblower files formal SEC complaint

The former Tesla employee who Elon Musk accuses of trying to sabotage the company and stealing trade secrets has reinforced his claims that he's a whistleblower by filing a formal complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Martin Tripp's July 6 whistleblower tip accuses Tesla of having installed unsafe, punctured batteries into cars, exaggerating to investors about Model 3 production numbers by as much as 44 percent, lowering vehicle specifications, and using scrap and waste materials in vehicles in the company's mad rush to meet Musk's production goals for the Model 3. Tripp's complaints, per Bloomberg, were summarized in a statement from the New York law firm Meissner Associates, which has represented other whistleblowers and is led by Stuart Meissner, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan and assistant New York state attorney general.