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Son of ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn made cryptocurrency payments for escape from Japan, says US

BOSTON: The son of former Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn made about $500,000 in cryptocurrency payments to at least one of the 2 Massachusetts males who helped him escape from Japan, U.S. prosecutors said in a court docket submitting.

Federal prosecutors in submitting late on Wednesday said the payments went to Peter Taylor after he and his father, U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor, helped Ghosn flee in a field and private jet to keep away from dealing with monetary prices.

The cryptocurrency, or digital forex, payments from Ghosn’s son, Anthony Ghosn, had been on prime of $862,500 Ghosn himself had wired to a company Peter Taylor managed in October, two months earlier than his Dec. 29, 2019 escape, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors detailed the payments in a submitting arguing towards the Taylors’ newest bid to be launched on bail. They have been in jail since their arrests in May on the request of Japan, which is searching for their extradition.

U.S. prosecutors cited the cash in arguing that each the elder Taylor, a private safety specialist, and his son pose a extreme flight danger, saying they “now have access to Ghosn’s vast resources with which to flee.”

Prosecutors cited a latest TV interview Ghosn gave through which he said he was serving to everybody who stood with him.

The Taylors’ legal professionals didn’t reply to requests for remark. A spokeswoman for Ghosn declined to remark.

Ghosn fled to Lebanon, his childhood house, after being charged with partaking in monetary wrongdoing, together with by understating his compensation in Nissan’s monetary statements. He denies wrongdoing.

The Taylors argue the costs towards them are fatally flawed because the Japanese penal code doesn’t make it a felony offense to assist somebody “bail jump” except that individual is in custody.

A federal decide will hear arguments on their newest bid for bail on Tuesday.

Ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn fails to seem in court docket over technical impediment

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