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Musk Lieutenant Scrutinized in Internal Tesla Purchasing Probe

  • Automaker to part ways with executive Afshar: people familiar
  • Order for glass was flagged to finance, internal audit groups


Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Omead Afshar, one of Elon Musk’s top lieutenants and the executive running Tesla Inc.’s Texas factory, is under scrutiny in an internal investigation for his role in a plan to purchase hard-to-get construction materials, according to people familiar with the matter.

Tesla has already fired some employees in relation to the probe, and the electric-vehicle maker plans to part ways with Afshar, likely through a leave of absence initially, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information. Terms of his exit are still being worked out.