Nikola founder Trevor Milton sentenced to 4 years in jail

Trevor Milton, the disgraced founding father of Nikola, was simply sentenced to 4 years in jail on three counts of fraud. 

In October 2022, a jury found Milton guilty of 1 rely of securities fraud and two counts of wire fraud. Milton confronted as much as 60 years in jail. Prosecutors requested the choose for an 11-year jail sentence and a $5 million positive, in accordance with The New York Times, whereas the protection argued for probation. 

After asserting the sentence at a federal court docket listening to in New York Metropolis, U.S. District Choose Edgar Ramos spoke on to Milton. "As tough as it might be for you or your loved ones to listen to, I consider the jury bought it proper," Ramos mentioned, as transcribed Reuters.

Milton addressed the court docket earlier than sentencing was handed down, saying "I didn’t intend to hurt anybody and I didn’t commit these crimes levied towards me." He additionally spoke at size about his rural upbringing and recited biblical verse. 

Prosecutors claimed that Milton pumped up the worth of the corporate's inventory by mendacity to traders about "almost all facets" of Nikola's enterprise. Amongst different issues, Milton claimed his firm had a completely practical electrical truck. The corporate launched a video that made it seem as if a Nikola One prototype was capable of transfer by itself. Nonetheless, an indictment alleged that the truck was really rolling down a hill and that Milton was concerned within the video's creation.

As well as, Milton was accused of mendacity about Nikola having billions of {dollars} price of pre-order reservations and that it was producing hydrogen gasoline at 4 occasions lower than market charges. Prosecutors additionally mentioned Milton falsely claimed Nikola had developed "game-changing" battery tech.

Nikola remains to be in enterprise and it plans to resume deliveries of its battery electrical truck in early 2024 following a recall over battery points that price round $61.8 million to resolve. Within the 9 months to September 30, Nikola produced 96 vehicles and shipped 79.

The corporate's inventory worth has dropped by 99 % since 2020 and traders are mentioned to have misplaced greater than $660 million. Milton offered round $100 million of his Nikola inventory in 2020 and spent most of that on luxurious items akin to a airplane and actual property, in accordance with the Occasions. It's doubtless that Milton will attraction this conviction, as he's already requested Ramos for a brand new trial following the jury's responsible verdict.

This text initially appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/nikola-founder-trevor-milton-sentenced-to-four-years-in-prison-192432136.html?src=rss

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