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The mystery of how a Tesla Model X was found burnt to almost nothing on a frozen lake in Vermont is now solved.
It’s a wild story that involves over half a million dollars of fraud exploiting Tesla’s purchasing process.
In February 2019, we reported on the remains of a burnt Tesla Model X being spotted on a frozen Lake Champlain in Vermont.
At the time, there was absolutely no information about how the electric vehicle ended up on the frozen lake.
Now, we actually have the story behind the strange incident thanks to new charges that the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont brought against Michael A. Gonzalez, a 32-year-old man from Colchester, Vermont.
When the vehicle was first discovered, our leading theory was insurance fraud.
According to the indictment, that theory turned out to be accurate, but the backstory is much crazier than we could have expected.
The United States Secret Service and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that Gonzalez exploited Tesla’s purchasing system to buy vehicles and take possession while not allowing the final payment to go through.
He would then sell the vehicles to used dealerships or individuals online.
That fifth vehicle that he wasn’t able to resell was this Model X.
The entire article is available at Electrek.