Justice Dept. indicts four people in probe into Panama Papers leak

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday charged four people, including one U.S. citizen, with an array of financial crimes in connection to the Panama Papers, the 2016 leak of documents involving various powerful people around the globe.

Richard Gaffey, a U.S. citizen; Ramses Owens, 50, of Panama; and Dirk Brauer, 54, and Harald Joachim Von Der Goltz, 81, both German citizens, were charged for their involvement in a scheme to avoid U.S. tax laws, the DOJ said in a press release.

The department said that Owens and Brauer managed offshore accounts to shield the money of clients of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca Co.

Gaffey, a Massachusetts-based accountant, allegedly perpetuated the scheme, while Van Der Goltz was a client of the firm.

Gaffey, Brauer and Von Der Goltz were arrested in recent days, while Owens remains at large, the DOJ said. 

Owens and Brauer were charged with conspiracy to defraud the

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