Manhattan federal prosecutors have arrested three people in a widespread tax evasion scheme in connection with the Mossack Fonseca Co. firm — the first US arrests tied to the infamous “Panama Papers.”
Four people were charged for allegedly helping rich and powerful people evade their taxes “in a decades-long criminal scheme perpetrated by Mossack Fonseca Co.,” which came to light in 2015 through a massive leak of financial documents now known as the “Panama Papers.”
Among the charged are Dirk Brauer, who worked as an investment manager for Mossfon Asset Management; Harald Joachim Von Der Goltz, who was one of Mossack Fonseca’s US taxpayer clients; Ramses Owen, a Panamanian attorney who worked for Mossack Fonseca; and Richard Gaffey, a US-based accountant.
All the men have been arrested except for Owen, who remains at large.
“As alleged, these defendants went to extraordinary lengths to circumvent US tax laws in order to maintain