Nissan has reportedly sued Carlos Ghosn’s sister, Claudine Bichara de Oliveira, in a Rio de Janeiro court for “unjust enrichment”, according to a report from Reuters.
The Japanese car maker’s lawsuit is the latest episode in the legal fight between Nissan and Carlos Ghosn over an apartment in Rio that the former Nissan CEO used during his trips in Brazil. Nissan claims that evidence of Ghosn’s alleged crimes could be found in his beachfront apartment.
Brazilian-born Carlos Ghosn is accused of financial misconduct by Japan’s authorities and remains in jail since November 19. The former Nissan and Mitsubishi CEO faces charges of having under-reported his income, while Nissan also accuses him of diverting company’s funds for personal use.
Regarding the lawsuit against Ghosn’s sister, there are no additional details provided, but the Japanese media have already reported in previous weeks that she could be embroiled in the scandal.
Citing unnamed sources, Japanese newspaper Yomuri reported that Ghosn had instructed Nissan since 2002 to pay around $100,000 a year to his sister, as a compensation for an advisory role.
The same report added that de Oliveira has been living in the Rio apartment, which Nissan bought for the use of Ghosn and that she had never done any advisory work for the car maker.