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Closer look at Americans named in Panama Papers

Май 10, 2016    
Closer look at Americans named in Panama Papers

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which produced the Panama Papers, said Monday that at least 36 Americans have been accused of fraudulently using off-shore accounts.

We could not reach the Americans listed in the Panama Papers for comment. The consortium also tried to reach them but did not get any comments.

Here are details on some of the U.S. cases included in Monday's release, which includes a database for the public to search off-shore accounts of hundreds of thousands of people and companies:

Leonard Gotshalk: The former Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle turned Oregon businessman has faced criminal investigations for decades, yet he was still able to open an off-shore account through Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm whose 11.5 million documents on off-shore accounts were leaked.

In 1994, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Gotshalk for providing investors with "false and misleading information" about a company involved in oil and gas investments, according to the consortium. In 2004, an Oregon court convicted him of theft, sentenced him to 20 months in prison and ordered him to pay a fine. In 2010, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia unsealed an indictment against him, claiming he was part of a scheme to inflate the price of tech-company stocks.

Martin Frankel: The Connecticut financier pleaded guilty in 2002 for looting $200 million from insurance companies. According to the Hartford Courant, Frankel became notorious for his lavish lifestyle, which included purchasing jewels, furs, luxury cars and a compound where he recruited women "through advertisements in alternative publications." His story, which ended with a flight to Rome with two female friends, even became the subject of a novel.

Robert Miracle: Six people who ran a Ponzi scheme in Seattle were led by Miracle, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his part. The group was accused of defrauding more than 4,200 Indonesian investors out of $175 million. During his sentencing hearing in 2011, a federal judge ordered Miracle to give up a $38,000 diamond ring, a $27,000 painting he bought in Italy, and told Miracle he had "ruined people's lives," according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Harvey Milam: The Mississippi businessman is the son of J.W. Milam, who killed Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American in 1955. Harvey Milam was accused of cheating investors in the Caribbean island of Nevis, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

Mary Patten: The Florida-based businesswoman was charged by U.S. securities regulators of running a $6 million investment fraud.

Rebel Holiday: The Virginia woman was fined $110,000 by the State Corporation Commission of Virginia and banned from selling securities in the state.

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