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Neigh place to hide: nightmare as horse blows state witness’s cover

Star witness Reza Zarrab, now running a Florida horse farm, helped US government convict a Turkish banker in 2017

Christian Berthelsen

A gold trader who disappeared after testifying about a US sanctions-evasion scheme he masterminded has had his assumed identity blown by a horse.

In late August, a photo appeared in PS Dressage magazine as part of an article about Sonata MF, a horse who had just become a national champion in the equestrian sport. The since-removed picture showed “Aaron Goldsmith”, the smiling owner of the facility near Palm Beach, Florida, where the horse trained.

Turkish journalists soon identified Goldsmith as Reza Zarrab, who in 2017 was the US government’s star witness in a case alleging that he conspired with an executive at state-run Turkiye Halk Bankasi to launder money and funnel Iranian funds through the US financial system. Zarrab pled guilty and cooperated against his co-defendant, who was convicted. He may testify again in the US government’s case against the bank...

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