US citizen charged in worldwide fraud conspiracy discovered by Panama Papers investigation

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced charges on Tuesday against four people, including a U.S. citizen, whose alleged role in a worldwide conspiracy was unearthed after the Panama Papers investigation. 

Those charged include Ramses Owens, 50, a Panamanian citizen; Dirk Brauer, 54, a German citizen; Richard Gaffey, of Medfield, Mass.; and Harald Joachim Von Der Goltz, 81, a German citizen.

They face a slew of charges, including wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit tax evasion.

“They had a playbook to repatriate un-taxed money into the U.S. banking system,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, a prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. “Now, their international tax scheme is over, and these defendants face years in prison for their crimes.”

The charges stem from the 2016 Panama Papers investigation, which included 11.5 million leaked documents and exposed how the rich and famous exploit offshore tax shelters. The investigation was led by a coalition of 100 media organizations

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