Two members of Carlos Gosn’s escape arrested in USMay 22, 2020
On Wednesday, US authorities arrested a former special forces soldier and another man wanted by Japan on charges of allowing former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn to flee the country.
Massachusetts federal prosecutors say former American Green Beret Michael Taylor, 59, and his son, Peter Taylor, 27, helped Ghosn flee to Lebanon last year to avoid a lawsuit in Japan on charges of financial fraud .
Japan issued arrest warrants for both men in January along with a third, George Antoine Zaek, in connection with assisting in the escape on December 29, 2019.
Ghosn fled to Lebanon, his childhood home, while he was awaiting trial on charges of underreporting, breach of trust, and misappropriation of company funds. U.S. legal documents detail Ghosn’s escape, including his departure from Japan, hidden in a large black box aboard a private jet.
The Japanese Embassy in Washington and Nissan did not immediately comment on this. Ghosn spokesman declined to comment. Earlier this month, Turkish prosecutors filed a bill of indictment that charged seven people, including four pilots, for escaping Gon via Istanbul to Beirut.
US law enforcement agencies learned that Peter Taylor had booked a flight from Boston to Beirut, flying out on Wednesday due to a stop in London. He was arrested, like Michael Taylor in Harvard, Massachusetts. In September, Nissan and Ghosn settled the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) claims for false financial disclosures related to Ghosn compensation.
The SEC stated that Nissan in its financial statements did not indicate more than $ 140 million to be paid to Ghosn upon retirement – the amount that was ultimately not paid. Nissan paid $ 15 million, and Ghosn paid $ 1 million for the investigation. Ghosn also agreed to a 10-year ban on working as an official or director of a public American company.
The SEC also said that Ghosn has been involved in a $ 90 million compensation concealment scheme. Nissan sued Ghosn in February, demanding about $ 90 million.
The SEC said that since 2004, the Nissan Council has delegated Ghosn the authority to set individual remuneration levels for directors and executive bodies, including its own.
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