US CLAIMS CARLOS GHOSN’S SON PAID $500,000 TO MAN WHO AIDED DAD'S ESCAPE
The son of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn made a $500,000 cryptocurrency payment to one of two Americans accused of aiding the former auto tycoon's escape from Japan last December, documents filed by US prosecutors showed Thursday, Mainichi Shimbun reported on July 24, 2020.
The documents submitted to a federal court in Massachusetts said Anthony Ghosn sent Peter Taylor, 27, the money in installments between January and May via a platform called Coinbase.
In May, US authorities arrested Peter Taylor and his father Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old former member of the US Army Special Forces Green Beret unit, for allegedly smuggling Ghosn from Japan in a large box aboard a private jet, allowing him to reach Lebanon to escape a pending trial over alleged financial misconduct.
The filing made by prosecutors fighting a bail request by the men said the Ghosn family sent over $1.3 million in total, including the cryptocurrency payment, to the Taylors. US prosecutors previously alleged the former auto executive had wired $862,500 to a company related to the Taylors. Japanese prosecutors said on July 3 that they have asked the US to extradite the Taylors based on a bilateral treaty, leaving US authorities to decide on whether to hand the men over.