Coinbase Processed $500,000 in Crypto Payments That Helped Businessman Carlos Ghosn Escape from Japan
America’s leading exchange Coinbase processed $500,000 worth of cryptocurrency payments made sent by Anthony Ghosn, the son of disgraced former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, to his father’s escape accomplice Peter Taylor, Bloomberg reports.
The Taylors helped Ghosn to pull off his Hollywood-style illegal departure that shocked the world in late 2019. Japan is currently seeking their extradition.
$862,500 was also sent to Peter Taylor and his father Michael Taylor, which brings the total sum to a cool $1.36 mln.
A cryptocurrency fix
Ghosn was arrested over embezzlement back in November 2018 after a whistleblower uncovered the fact that his lavish lifestyle was supported by Nissan’s funds.
He reportedly owned luxurious properties in Brazil, France, the U.S., and other places around the globe.
The Brazillian businessman once played one of the key roles in the global car industry, spearheading the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.
After he put dent-ridden Nissan back on its feet and made it thrive, Ghosn earned the “Mr. Fix It.” monicker.
This time around, crypto turned out to be the fix that helped him to infamously escape from Japan to Lebanon before being carted off to jail (along with that musical instrument case to break away from police surveillance at this home).
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In his recent interview, Ghosn slammed the current leaders of his former company for delivering “pathetic” results.
“There is a market confidence problem in the alliance. Personally, I find the results of Nissan and Renault pathetic. The two companies are looking inwards.”
Coinbase cozies up to the government
As reported by U.Today, Coinbase recently sparked controversy by selling its analytics tools to U.S. government agencies.
The exchange’s CEO Brian Armstrong explained that it was necessary to maintain connections with the existing financial system.