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Mastermind of Tax Scam Gets 8 Years in Prison

  • Attorney Hanno Berger found guilty of aggravated tax evasion
  • He’s also standing trial in another German court case
Hanno Berger

Hanno Berger

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Hanno Berger, a German lawyer dubbed the “mastermind” of Cum-Ex, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for his role in part of a sprawling tax scandal that’s robbed billions of euros from government coffers and embroiled some of Wall Street’s biggest names.   

Berger was found guilty of three counts of aggravated tax evasion, the Bonn Regional Court said on Tuesday. As well as a jail sentence, judges also seized €13.7 million ($14.6 million) from Berger, who’d been charged with involvement in transactions that cost his country €278 million.