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Reuters is reporting that a former Tesla mechanical engineer, after he was terminated in December, obtained access to his manager's email account and he began to access confidential information.

He visited his manager’s email account nearly 300 times and is suspected to have used the data to harm Tesla.

Sounds like revenge could be in play, but now he could face five years in federal prison, if found guilty.

"A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with felony computer intrusion for accessing his manager's email account, sharing employee evaluations with others and posting confidential information on the Web.

Nima Kalbasi, a 28-year-old Canadian, then "tried to harm Tesla's reputation and credibility by making false and misleading comments," the FBI said in a statement today.

Kalbasi appeared in U.S. District Court in San Jose on August 27, the FBI said. A lawyer for Kalbasi declined to comment."

Source: Reuters, Los Angeles Times