Washington State had the greatest number of addresses registered (more than 700), but many Washington residents seem to have become involved in offshore companies accidentally, according to an investigation by McClatchy.
Many of the people whose names were listed in the database told reporters they made seemingly innocent investments that somehow ended up shuttled into shares in a series of offshore entities. Elderly investors who had tried to invest in local development partnerships years ago were surprised to learn they had shares in an offshore Ugandan mining company.
Nearly 90 percent of the Washington addresses were marked as residential, and most were around Seattle. They still tended to be in higher-priced areas like Bellevue and Redmond.
As McClatchy reporters noted, the fact that some of these Washington residents are included in the database is a good reminder that it contains not only Americans who may be using offshore companies to avoid taxes or hide their identities, but also people who may be entirely innocent.