Panama Papers Accountant Going To Mexico Over Objections

Law360, New York (January 24, 2019, 7:54 PM EST) -- A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday cleared an accountant facing money laundering and wire fraud charges to go to Mexico with his wife, despite prosecutors' concerns that he would flee the U.S. to avoid the risk of six or more years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said Richard Gaffey, 74, could travel to Mexico as long as he puts both of his houses up as security. Gaffey, who lives near Boston, has pled not guilty to charges that he helped clients of the scandal-wracked, defunct Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca avoid U.S. taxes.

Lawyers for Gaffey, who planned a...

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