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Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn. Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was indicted on a fresh charge Monday of misappropriating the company’s funds for personal use — the most serious allegation yet, the Japan Times first reported.

Details: The charge came as Nissan said it'd filed a criminal complaint against Ghosn related to an aggravated breach of trust under the Companies Act in Japan. Nissan said it found payments it made to an overseas vehicle sales company via a subsidiary were directed by Ghosn for his personal enrichment.

"Such misconduct is completely unacceptable, and Nissan is requesting appropriately strict penalties."
— Nissan statement

The big picture: Ghosn was the architect of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance — the largest carmaker in the world before his first arrest in November for alleged financial misconduct. He was released on $8.9 million bail but was rearrested and taken into custody in April. He denies any wrongdoing.

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Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

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White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.