Solyndra Under Grand Jury Investigation
A grand jury has been investigating Solyndra for at least two months, according to billing records from the law firm defending the bankrupt California solar company.
Solyndra retained K&L Gates as it faces a federal criminal probe into its handling of a $535 million loan guarantee from the Energy Department.
According to an 18-page document that K&L Gates filed Friday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, Solyandra attorneys have been in contact more than two dozen times with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as the FBI.
The K&L Gates invoice — detailing $146,037 in fees charged by the Bay Area law firm — refers multiple times to its attorneys dealing with a grand jury. The first mention comes at an Oct. 9 session when Jeffrey Bornstein billed Solyndra $384 in part for reviewing a grand jury subpoena.
Associate Claudia Quiroz worked for more than 10 hours on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 to review documents and prepare for a response to the grand jury subpoena.