By on July 24, 2020

Carlos Ghosn Rogue Introduction - Image: Nissan

As the saying goes, the family that orchestrates the clandestine escape of an accused auto executive together, stays together. It seems that, on both sides of the operation to spirit arrested auto titan Carlos Ghosn out of Japan, were father-and-son teams.

In the U.S., arrangements for aircraft rentals and musical instrument boxes were handled by a former U.S. Army Special Forces member and his son, with funding provided by Ghosn  himself, and about half a million dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency offered up by Ghosn’s son, U.S. prosecutors claim.

Per Reuters, federal prosecutors said in a court filing this week that Anthony Ghosn made $500,000 in cryptocurrency payments to Peter Taylor, son of military veteran and private security firm founder Michael Taylor.

The Taylors, wanted by Japan and arrested in Massachusetts earlier this year, are seeking bail, but the feds finger both as extreme flight risks. With Ghosn now safely ensconced in Lebanon, the orchestraters of his escape seem more likely to be extradited than the former executive himself. Lebanon doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Japan.

In seeking to squash the Taylor’s bail gambit, prosecutors laid out the financial transactions between them and the Ghosns. Carlos himself wired the father-son duo more than $862,000 in October of 2019, two months before his daring escape. At the time, he was under house arrest in Tokyo, awaiting trial on financial charges Ghosn claims were cooked up by Japanese officials and vindictive Nissan brass.

Shortly after Christmas 2019, Ghosn left his residence and traveled to a bullet train station, hopping on a train bound for another city that just happened to hold an international airport. There, he met men at a hotel and was subsequently hidden in an oversized instrument case and smuggled onto a waiting private jet chartered out of Turkey. Carrying a spare French passport, he switched planes in Istanbul before arriving in Beirut, his childhood home.

While the Taylors claim there exists no law on Japanese books that covers what they’ve been accused of, the U.S. still doesn’t want to grant bail. The pair “now have access to Ghosn’s vast resources with which to flee,” prosecutors stated.

[Image: Nissan]

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12 Comments on “Family Affair: U.S. Says Ghosn’s Son Chipped in for Pop’s Extraction...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I don’t understand why US prosecutors are involved in this at all; wouldn’t there need to be some US law that was broken?

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Good question. Why were they arrested in Massachusetts? Broken taillight? Was there an extradition request from Japan outstanding? Why are the federal prosecutors involved?

      It’s probably been covered or alluded to before, but the tale now stretches over such a long timeline that it’s like walking into the middle of a movie. Like the old movie serials, there needs to be a quick refresher notice before each installment.

    • 0 avatar
      ect

      SCE, the US has an extradition treaty with Japan, so presumably there is an extradition request from Japan.

      Extradition is not automatic. US prosecutors, having reviewed the extradition request, must (if they accept its validity) apply to the court for an extradition order. The subject of the request is thereby able to challenge the application for extradition.

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    million bucks is useless when youre stuck in a japanese prison.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      I don’t know, you can get buy a ton of smokes at the commissary with a million bucks

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        Prisons have commissaries? cigarettes used to be currency in prisons, but a lot of states banned smoking in both prisons and county jails. Smoking in Japan has declined in the last 20 years, so it might not be useful currency there either.

    • 0 avatar
      Sceptic

      @SoCalMikester, well it got Ghosn out of Japan, didn’t it? So dollar goes a long way anywhere. Japanese prison is no exception.

  • avatar
    Kendahl

    Is anyone surprised that Ghosn’s son would be willing to help his father get out of prison?

    Due to the absence of an extradition treaty, Ghosn père can hide out in Lebanon indefinitely. I don’t know about Ghosn fils. The Taylors aren’t protected which makes me wonder why they took the job.

  • avatar
    Sceptic

    Taylors did break the law by aiding and abetting. But then the US court has to decide if extradition is warranted. Was Ghosn fairly treated by the Japs? Or was he a political prisoner? After all no extradition should happen to a country with failing legal system. Is Japan fair?

  • avatar
    -Nate

    This whole affair sounds like a bad soap opera .

    -Nate

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      I look forward to the mega-star hit movie, with George Clooney as Ghosn, and Brad Pitt as his son. Adam Driver will play Peter Taylor, with Scarlett Johansson as Mrs. Ghosn. There’s no need to wait for resolution, the escape is the climax.

      • 0 avatar
        Carmaker1

        56 year old Brad Pitt? Yeah…no.

        As a former shareholder, I personally recall that Anthony Ghosn is a full 3 decades younger at 26, in being same age as a sibling. CG is 66, but started his family at 32.

        Pitt can’t even pass for a Silicon Valley millennial TFK. It’s not 1998 anymore. A dude born in ’63 isn’t anywhere near 25.

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