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Canadian Senator’s Husband Shifted Money Into Offshore Tax Havens

17:38, April 5, 2013

By Frédéric Zalac, Alex Shprintsen, Zach Dubinsky and Harvey Cashore

Lawyer Tony Merchant, Canada’s “class action king,” sought secrecy for Cook Islands trust. 

A prominent Canadian lawyer, husband to a Liberal senator, moved CA$1.7 million (US$1.1 million) to secretive financial havens while he was locked in battle with the Canada Revenue Agency over his taxes, according to documents in a massive leak of offshore financial data.

Tony Merchant of Saskatchewan, dubbed Canada’s class-action king because of the large settlements he has won for his clients, transferred the money to a tax haven in the South Pacific and then onward to an account in the Caribbean, according to the files. His wife, Canadian Senator Pana Merchant, and their three sons were named in the documents as beneficiaries of the funds.

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