FBI questions execs of bankrupt solar company

By the Associated Press | September 9, 2011 | 5:50 PM EDT

This photograph shows exterior view of Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The FBI are executing search warrants at the headquarters of California solar firm Solyndra that received a $535 million loan from the federal government. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents visited the homes of three executives of California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra on the same day the company was raided.

Solyndra spokesman David Miller says agents questioned company CEO Brian Harrison on Thursday, in addition to company co-founder and head of marketing Kelly Truman, and former CEO Chris Gronet.

The raid and questioning is part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General.

The DOE granted Solyndra more than $500 million in federal loans before the solar panel maker filed for bankruptcy last week. President Barack Obama once touted the company as a beneficiary of economic stimulus

The loans have also been the subject of a probe by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.