The Ministry of Justice of the USA brought charge to four defendants in the case of “The Panama file”. Impute them cyberfraud, tax frauds, money laundering and other crimes committed within the criminal scheme with participation of the registrar of offshores Mossack Fonseca & Co.
Case is considered in court in the Southern federal district of New York, reported on the website of the department.
The 50-year-old citizen of Panama Ramesses Owens, the 54-year-old German Dieric Brouwer, American Richard Gaffi from Medfield, the State of Massachusetts, and the 81-year-old citizen of Germany Harald Joachim of von der Golz are accused on 11 points. Owens, Gaffi and von der Golza are suspected of conspiracy with the purpose of evasion of taxes, fraud with use of electronic intermedia and of conspiracy with the money laundering purpose.
Charges of a plot for the purpose of fraud were also brought to Owens and Brouwer. Gaffi and von der Golz are in addition accused on four episodes of avoidance of taxes, von der Golz – of two cases of perjury. Three defendants are in custody. The lawyer from Panama Ramesses Owens who was earlier working at Mossack Fonseca bails so far.
“For decades defendants, employees and the client of global law firm Mossack Fonseca, according to the investigators, moved millions of dollars through offshore accounts and created the false companies to hide the states. Actually, allegedly, they had a scheme of the transfer of tax-free money to a banking system of the USA.
Let’s note, on November 29 it was reported about searches at six offices and the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt in connection with business of “The Panama file”. The prosecutor’s office believes that the credit institution helped clients with the organization of offshore business in so-called tax oases.
The international consortium of journalistic investigations (ICIJ) published in the spring of 2016 archive of confidential documents of the Panama firm Mossack Fonseca specializing in creation of offshores. Large-scale investigation was made by several editions and the organizations, including Süddeutsche Zeitung, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), The Guardian, Novaya Gazeta.
From the papers which received the name “Panama File” it is necessary that Mossack Fonseca helped clients, including the famous politicians, to launder money, to avoid sanctions and to leave from taxes. In offshore schemes of concealment of billions of dollars the 12 former and acting heads of states and even more than hundred politicians and celebrities from more than 50 countries of the world can be involved. In offshore scandal also people from an environment of the Russian President Vladimir Putin were lit.
In particular, 6285 citizens of Russia, including 13 Russian officials and deputies were mentioned. In the center of the Russian part of investigation there was a close friend of Vladimir Putin cellist Sergey Roldugin. In investigation it was said that the offshore companies directly or indirectly belonging to Roldugin received hundreds of millions from RCB Bank (Cyprian “subsidiary” of VTB) which were distributed on other companies. Heads of Bank Rossiya which the U.S. Government calls “Putin’s purse” were engaged in management of assets. Also the companies received money from transactions with stocks of Rosneft and Gazprom.