Four men have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and more in the first US accusation that resulted from the investigation of the 2016 Panama Papers leakage.
Prosecutors on Manhattan on Tuesday revealed a prosecution accused of the men with 11 counting their alleged commitment to the “decades-long criminal system” conducted by the Panaman law firm Mossack Fonseca.
The investigation comes from more than 11.5 million leaked documents at the law firm that helped some of the richest people to hide their riches. German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung merged with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 1
00 media partners to reveal tax evasion and offshore companies used to conceal wealth.
The four men are Ramses Owens, 50; Dirk Brauer, 54, a German citizen who worked for a asset management company linked to Mossack Fonseca; German citizen and former US taxpayer Harald Joachim von Der Goltz, 81; and Richard Gaffey, 74, a US-based accountant.
Three of the men have been arrested while Owens, a panamanian lawyer who worked for Mossack Fonseca, remains big.
A lawyer for Von Der Goltz told the Associated Press that the allegation is “a desperate attempt to save an American case out of the Panama document” and said that his client will be justified during the trial. Notices to a lawyer for Gaffey did not return immediately and it was unclear whether the other two men had lawyers, AP reported.
“As claimed, these respondents went to extraordinary lengths to circumvent US tax laws to maintain their wealth and wealth of their customers,” said US lawyer Geoffrey S. Berman in a press release.
The charges against the four bear different opinions. Thread fraud and money laundering can each have a prison of 20 years.
The outcome of the Panama Papers leak felt around the world. The survey showed offshore possession and economic contacts of world leaders, celebrities and prominent figures.
Last This week, prosecutors accused Deutsche Bank’s German office of suspicions that employees helped customers to wash money through offshore companies in tax havens. The investigation was based on an analysis of documents that included the Panama document.