First American Charged With Panama Papers Crimes Appears In Court

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The first person arrested in the United States in relation to the Panama Papers has pleaded not guilty before a New York court, according to recently-released records that provide new details on the case and the long road ahead.

Richard Gaffey, a Massachusetts accountant, faced the District Court for the Southern District of New York on Dec. 17.

U.S. officials arrested Gaffey on Dec 4. He is one of four men charged with a range of offenses, including conspiracy to commit tax evasion and money laundering, wire fraud and failing to file tax returns.

Prosecutors allege that Gaffey helped former U.S. resident Joachim von der Goltz evade taxes.

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