By Jaime Llinares Taboada


Mark Gyetvay, director and former chief financial officer of Russian gas company Novatek, has been arrested in the U.S. on alleged charges of hiding money in offshore accounts to avoid taxes, the Department of Justice said Thursday.

The Florida businessman has been charged with not disclosing offshore assets which at one point had an overall value of more than $93 million, failing to pay taxes, and submitting false information with the Internal Revenue Service.

According to the federal grand jury's indictment, Mr. Gyetvay allegedly opened two different Swiss bank accounts from 2005 to hold stock options or stock-based compensation which he received after being appointed CFO of Novatek. He stepped down from the role in 2014, but has been deputy chairman of the Russian gas company's management board since 2010.

Mr. Gyetvay was scheduled for an initial court appearance on Thursday before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. If convicted, he faces a lengthy prison service.

Novatek said Friday that it hasn't received any official request from the authorities of the U.S. or any other country regarding Mr. Gyetvay, and that it will follow the case.

"The situation has not and will not have any effect on NOVATEK's activities," the company said.

Mr. Gyetvay wasn't available to comment.


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