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Tesla exec could be fired for ‘suspicious’ glass order: report

A longtime Tesla executive and a close confidant of Elon Musk could reportedly be impeached over internal control over his “suspicious” order of a hard-to-find glass.

Tesla launched an internal investigation into Omead Afshar, who heads operations at Tesla’s Texas plant, after the company’s financial and audit groups learned that he had placed an order for “a special kind of glass,” according to a report. , citing sources familiar with the matter.

Afshar is said to have told workers that the glass order was for a “secret project.” Investigators are trying to determine whether the order, which was made with company assets, was for Tesla or for Musk’s personal use. The glass would currently be difficult to secure due to issues in the global supply chain.

Several Tesla employees have already been fired in connection with the internal probe, Bloomberg reported. Afshar is also expected to be forced to leave – likely after a furlough and an agreement on the details of his departure.

Afshar is one of Musk’s regular employees at Tesla and has held several key positions at the company. Most recently, he was charged with overseeing the construction of Tesla’s Austin plant and production at the plant once it opened.

Omead Afshar came under scrutiny over an order for a special type of glass.AP

Afshar’s LinkedIn page notes that he served as project director within the Tesla CEO’s office from June 2018 to July 2020. In the place reserved for the job title of his current position, Afshar added a cowboy emoji.

The Post has reached out to Tesla for comment. Afshar declined to comment when Bloomberg contacted him about the situation.

Omead Afshar oversees Tesla’s Texas factory.Twitter/@omead

Afshar was widely regarded as an internal “fixer” for Musk at Tesla, according to the outlet. He spoke about his work at Tesla in a 2019 interview at his alma mater, the University of California at Irvine.

“I focus on where there is a problem, so a lot of firefighting. If there’s a problem, I’m there,” Afshar said during the interview. “Usually people aren’t always happy when they see me because that means there’s a problem.”

Omead Afshar was seen as Musk’s “fixer” at Tesla.AP

Musk is known for pursuing several side projects at Tesla and its other companies in addition to its core electric car business. Among other things, the company is currently developing a so-called “Tesla Bot” capable of basic manual labour.

Afshar last tweeted on Wednesday, when he shared a message congratulating the Tesla team in Fremont, California on a production milestone.

“Super proud of the Fremont production team! We made our 2 millionth car from the factory this week!” He wrote.

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