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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Nissan to demand Ghosn's sister return 'consulting' fees

Automaker says it paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to sibling living in Rio

Carlos Ghosn chose a condo in this beachfront complex in the popular Rio de Janeiro resort of Copacabana for his Brazilian residence.     © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor is preparing to file a lawsuit against Carlos Ghosn's sister, demanding return of compensation the company paid for consulting services that were allegedly never provided, the company said on Friday.

The Japanese automaker plans to file the suit with a court in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.

The company signed a contract under which Ghosn's sister was to serve as a consultant and paid at least tens of millions of yen (hundreds of thousands of dollars) in compensation, but an internal investigation found no evidence that services were ever provided.

Nissan alleges the payment constitutes fraudulent expenses and has already submitted some related documents to the court. It has yet to decide how much it will seek from the sister as the statute of limitations might have expired for some of the payments.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the luxury condo where Ghosn's sister lives was purchased as a home for the former chairman using funds from a venture capital subsidiary that Nissan set up in the Netherlands around 2010.

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