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Musk mocks US financial watchdog after settlement

Elon Musk has hit out at the US financial regulator just days after they reached a deal on fraud charges against him.
The Tesla boss agreed to pay a fine of $20m (€15m) to the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding a tweet he had written boasting that he had funding to take his firm private.
The SEC had alleged that Musk did not have the estimated $25-50bn needed to make that deal happen.After initially refusing an offer to settle the case, Mr Musk backed down, agreeing that he and his company would each pay a $20m fine, he would step down as Tesla's chairman (but remain chief executive), and that he would allow oversight of his communications about company news.But in a tweet late on Thursday, Mr Musk described the SEC as the "Shortseller Enrichment Commission", saying it was doing "incredible work".
Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 4, 2018
Mr Musk, 47, has long had a hatred of shortsellers - investors who have been betting on a fall in Tesla stocks.Later, he re-posted a tweet he had written in 2012, saying: "That said, even though they cause me grief, I would defend the right of shorts to exist. They are often unreasonably maligned."He then replied to it, writing: "The last several years have taught me that they are indeed reasonably maligned."What they do should be illegal."
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