Ex-Nissan Chief’s Son Paid $50,000 in Cryptocurrency via Coinbase to Help him Escape

Anthony Ghosn, son of Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan Motor Co. chairman, made about $50,000 in cryptocurrency payments to an American man who helped his father escape criminal charges in Japan.

The Jr. Ghosn made the payments to a Peter Taylor via the San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase after Sr. Ghosn escaped in a box smuggled aboard a private plane in December, US prosecutors said in a court filing on Wednesday. The crypto transfers were made in installments from January through mid-May.

Coinbase recently struck a deal with the US Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service to sell its blockchain analytics software, which the company emphasizes only contains publicly available information.

Besides crypto, wire transfers were also made to Taylor and his father, ex-Green Beret Michael Taylor who received a total of at least $1.36 million from the Ghosn family.

Carlos Ghosn has been facing charges of financial misconduct in Japan and has fled to Lebanon, claiming his family played no part in his escape.

But the prosecutors found evidence indicating the family did play some role in the operation, and US authorities arrested the Taylors at the request of the Japanese government, which is seeking to extradite them.

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