Justice Department sues Roger Stone, wife for $2 million in unpaid taxes

  • Justice Department sues Roger Stone, wife for $2 million in unpaid taxes

Justice Department sues Roger Stone, wife for $2 million in unpaid taxes

A new lawsuit from the Justice Department alleges Roger Stone has almost $2 million dollars in unpaid taxes.

"Although they used funds held in Drake Ventures accounts to pay some of their taxes, the Stones' use of Drake Ventures to hold their funds allowed them to shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing almost $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties", the lawsuit reads.

The complaint filed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, claims that the Stones underpaid their taxes in the years 2007 through 2011, and in 2018, and that they owe roughly $1.997 million in unpaid taxes, fines and interest.

In early 2019, as Stone faced a criminal indictment accusing him of lying to Congress about his actions on behalf of Trump's 2016 campaign, the Stones used money from a company they controlled to purchase a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., condominium for a trust they controlled, according to the lawsuit.

'The Stones used Drake Ventures to pay Roger Stone's associates, their relatives, and other entities without providing the required Forms 1099-MISC (Miscellaneous Income) or W-2s (Wage and Tax Statement),' the court document reads.

Although they used funds held in Drake Ventures accounts to pay some of their taxes, the Stones' use of Drake Ventures to hold their funds allowed them to shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing almost $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.

There is now no attorney listed for Stone in the case.

The lawsuit alleges that Stone and his wife, Nydia Stone, used a trust and a company to try to improperly shield their assets from tax collectors while they continued to live a lavish lifestyle.

"The governments statement is preposterous", Stone said in a statement to CNN.

He was was convicted by a federal jury in Washington on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into 2016 election interference. A jury convicted him of those charges, but Trump intervened to keep him from going to prison and pardoned Stone on December 23, 2020. The political motivation of the DOJ Will be abundantly clear at trial'.