Jannet Almeida, a local rep of the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca, which is at the center of the Panama Papers offshore scandal, has been arrested in Caracas. Reports from the scene indicate that she will be charged with illegally obtaining funds, in violation of Venezuelan banking regulations. Allegedly, Almeida solicited clients for the investment of "illicit funds."
In an indication of how seriously the Venezuelan Government is taking the matter, she has been detailed at the Directorate of Military Intelligence. Almeida's residence was raided in May, and documents were seized at that time, according to prosecutors. Many Mossack Fonseca representatives outside Panama have come under scrutiny, for facilitating tax evasion, and money laundering, for their Mossack clients.