Trial Date Set for US Panama Papers Case
19 Aug 2019

The first people charged with crimes in the United States arising from the Panama Papers investigation will face trial in January 2020, according to new court filings.

The trial, in New York’s Southern District, will begin almost four years after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 100 media outlets began publishing the global exposé of the shadowy world of offshore finance.

U.S. prosecutors filed charges against four men in late 2018 – two former Mossack Fonseca employees, a Boston-based accountant, and a former U.S. taxpayer.

  • Ramses Owens and Dirk Brauer: Former senior employees of Mossack Fonseca. They were charged with a string of offenses “in connection with their alleged roles in a decades-long criminal scheme,” the DOJ said in a statement.
  • Richard Gaffey: A Boston-based accountant charged with conspiracy to commit tax evasion, wire fraud and money laundering. Gaffey appeared before a U.S. court in January to plead not guilty to the charges.
  • Harald Joachim Von der Goltz: A former U.S. taxpayer charged with tax evasion, wire fraud and money laundering.

Here’s how the criminal case began, and here are more details we were able to uncover from sifting through the original trove of leaked Panama Papers documents.

Below is a quick wrap of everything that’s happened so far – we plan to bring you the updates as the case moves through the courts. Sign-up to our weekly newsletter to know when more comes out, or bookmark this page for the rolling updates.

By Will Fitzgibbon, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, 16 August 2019

Read more at ICIJ

Photo: Valenciano [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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