US charges four in Panama Papers tax evasion scheme

US prosecutors announced on Tuesday that they had charged four people with taking part in a decades-long scheme to evade taxes that came to light after a massive leak of offshore financial data known as the Panama Papers.

Three of the four people have already been arrested, prosecutors said, in the first criminal case brought by US authorities in connection with Mossack Fonseca Co, the Panamanian law firm at the centre of the leak.

Harald Joachim von der Goltz, a client of the firm, 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 Nov. 15. Richard Gaffey, a US-based accountant, was arrested in Massachusetts on Tuesday, according to prosecutors.


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The fourth accused, Ramses Owens, was a lawyer at Mossack Fonseca and remains

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