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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Ghosn considered buying properties after auditors raised alarm

Sources say executives examined personal purchase in bid to dispel suspicions

Investigators are looking into the purchase of real estate in Beirut and Rio de Janeiro by a Nissan subsidiary.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn considered personally buying overseas residences from a company subsidiary when the legality of their original purchase was questioned by auditors, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Ghosn, who was arrested on Nov. 19 on suspicion of underreporting his pay, allegedly ordered an overseas subsidiary to buy the properties for his family.

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