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Written by Kimberley Porteous and Marina Walker Guevara, with Scott Higham. Animations by Sohail Al-Jamea and illustrations by Patterson Clark (both of The Washington Post). Produced by Kat Downs and Ariana Cha.


Contributors to this story: Kat Downs and Ariana Cha

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Offshore Tax Havens Became Traps for Investors
April 7, 2013 — Internal records of offshore trusts and companies in the South Pacific and the Caribbean reveal sanctuaries for secrecy-seekers.
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Faux Corporate Directors Stand in for Fraudsters, Despots and Spies
Worldwide network of ‘nominee directors’ helps hide real people, and organizations, behind offshore companies.
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Top Malaysian Politicians Use Offshore Secrecy
April 8, 2013 — Key members of the Malaysian government, their families, and well-heeled associates are among those owning secretive offshore companies in Singapore and the British Virgin Islands.