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2 commodities firms to pay US $200 million in tax case

Marc Rich Company and Clarendon Ltd. agreed Thursday to pay the US government about $200 million in fines and interest to settle the biggest tax evasion case in American history.

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The charges against fugitive commodities broker Marc Rich, however, who owns the two companies, remain unaffected by the settlement. The Swiss government has refused to extradite him.

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