Four people charged in US in ‘Panama Papers’ tax evasion scheme

US prosecutors have charged four people with ties to the law firm at the centre of the massive leak of offshore financial data known as the “Panama Papers”.

The four are charged with taking part in a decades-long scheme to evade U.S. taxes.

Three of the four people have already been arrested, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Harald Joachim von der Goltz, a client of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca Co, was arrested in London on Monday.

Dirk Brauer, an employee of an asset management company closely tied to the firm, was arrested in Paris on 15 November.

Richard Gaffey, a U.S.-based accountant, was arrested in Massachusetts on Tuesday, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said the fourth defendant, Ramses Owens, was a lawyer at Mossack Fonseca Co and remains at large.

The law firm shut down earlier this year.

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