While a detainee may be able to apply for bail, Ghosn, who was ousted as Nissan's chairman shortly after his November 19 arrest, will likely remain behind bars because he was also re-arrested on new allegations of understating income that pertain to a different time period, prosecutors said in Tokyo Monday.
In a statement, Nissan said it takes the situation, "extremely seriously".
The vehicle company itself has also been charged - accused of making false statements in annual reports - according to the reports.
Nissan added it would work to improve its corporate governance and compliance, "including making accurate disclosures of corporate information".
Ghosn has not issued any public statement following his arrest, but he is reported to have denied the allegations to prosecutors.
It's unclear when Ghosn will appear before the court.
The timing of the company's probe prompted some analysts to say the scandal may have been manufactured in order to block a merger that Ghosn was advocating between Nissan and Renault. He said Ghosn and Kelly were being detained because they are considered flight risks.
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The Japanese firms in the three-way alliance with Renault - Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors - have both sacked the Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian as chairman. Nissan faces a fine of up to 700 million yen ($6.2 million).
"Nissan identified serious misconduct related to the reporting of Mr. Ghosn's compensation", a spokesperson for the Japanese automaker continued.
Analysts and legal experts have said it could be hard for Nissan and its Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa to avoid the fallout, whether it turns out that other executives had knowledge of Ghosn's misconduct, or that the company lacked internal controls.
But amid reports of tension within the tie-up, which outsold all rival groups previous year, the three companies last month said they were "fully committed" to the alliance.
Prior to the allegations, Ghosn was one of the world's top automotive executives, heading all three arms of an alliance between Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault.
Nissan has begun the process of choosing Ghosn's successor, with the final decision expected on December 17. Analysts and legal experts say it will be hard for Nissan and its Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa to avoid blame, regardless of whether other executives knew about Ghosn's misconduct or that the company lacked internal controls.
There aren't any details on whether Nissan will attempt several moves on Ghosn's other luxury properties spread throughout Spain, France, Lebanon, and other countries. Calls to Ghosn's lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, at his office went unanswered.
Renault and Nissan have complicated cross-shareholdings, and poor relations would make operations hard. The carmaker said it found the safes when it did an audit of the apartment following Ghosn's firing. Nissan is at odds with Renault over what it sees as the French company's outsized control of it. Renault holds 43.4 percent of Nissan's shares. Nissan is keen to achieve a more equal power balance but its demands have been stonewalled by Renault and the French state.