Ex-Green Beret who smuggled Carlos Ghosn out of Japan

Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret commando from Boston, led the team who helped former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn pull off his daring escape from house arrest in Japan last week

Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret commando from Boston, led the team who helped former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn pull off his daring escape from house arrest in Japan last week

The ex-Green Beret who smuggled former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a music case is a security contractor who was once hired to help extract an American reporter taken hostage in Afghanistan and was later jailed in the U.S. for wire fraud.

Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret commando from Boston, led the team who helped Ghosn pull off his daring escape from house arrest in Japan last week.

Taylor, who used to be a U.S. Special Forces counter-terrorism specialist, is now a private security contractor who has protected powerful people and companies, as well as secretly helping the U.S. government.

The 59-year-old has previously rescued hostages and is said to be well known in the private security contractor world.

Taylor's company, American International Security Corp., was once hired by the New York Times to help rescue one of its reporters, David Rohde, after he was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The reporter was held in Pakistan for seven months before managing to escape in 2009.

Taylor also served a 14-month prison sentence in Utah in 2012 after pleading guilty to wire fraud in a multimillion-dollar military-fraud scheme.

He was arrested after allegedly calling an FBI agent and asking him to stop a federal investigation into his security company. 

Taylor made headlines last week when it emerged he had been hired to help Carlos Ghosn (above) flee Japan where the ex-Nissan boss was awaiting trial on multiple counts of financial misconduct

Taylor made headlines last week when it emerged he had been hired to help Carlos Ghosn (above) flee Japan where the ex-Nissan boss was awaiting trial on multiple counts of financial misconduct

Taylor, who is now a private security contractor, served a 14-month prison sentence in Utah in 2012 after pleading guilty to wire fraud in a multimillion-dollar military-fraud scheme

The 59-year-old has previously rescued hostages and is said to be well known in the private security contractor world

Taylor, who is now a private security contractor, served a 14-month prison sentence in Utah in 2012 after pleading guilty to wire fraud in a multimillion-dollar military-fraud scheme

Taylor was being investigated over a bid-rigging scheme to get $54 million Defense Department contracts.

Taylor, who denied any wrongdoing and claimed he was a legitimate businessman, took a plea deal.

When he was released from prison in 2015, the government gave him back the $2 million they had seized from him.

Taylor made headlines last week when it emerged he had been hired to help Ghosn flee Japan where the ex-Nissan boss was awaiting trial on multiple counts of financial misconduct.

The security contractor is believed to have been on the private plane that flew out of Japan with Ghosn hidden in the music case.

His partner in the operation was Lebanese-born George-Antoine Zayek, who was a member of a a Christian militia in his home country during the 1980s, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Zayek has previously held positions in security firms linked to Taylor.

Taylor's company, American International Security Corp., was once hired by the New York Times to help rescue one of its reporters, David Rohde, (left) after he was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan

Taylor's company, American International Security Corp., was once hired by the New York Times to help rescue one of its reporters, David Rohde, (left) after he was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan

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