The Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit today against ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone, saying he owes nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes and penalties and that he and his wife, Nydia, used an LLC to “shield their personal income from the enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle.”
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and says the Stones underpaid their income taxes by $1,590,361 from 2007 to 2011. It further says Stone did not pay his full tax bill in 2018, coming up $407,036 short.
Stone, a well-known GOP political operative, briefly served as a campaign adviser to Trump and also has ties to the Proud Boys. Stone was seen with members of the right-wing terrorist group before the January 6th insurrection on the US Capitol.
The couple that crimes together does the time together
DOJ filed suit against Roger Stone & his Wife for underpaying taxes between 2007 & 2011, & again in 2018
total debt adding up to just under $2 mill
— Maura (@maura_resister) April 16, 2021
Stone was indicted by Robert Mueller, the former special counsel tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller’s investigation, which Trump called a “witch hunt,” led to criminal charges against dozens of people, including Trump associates such as political strategist Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
A federal jury in Washington convicted Stone on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering. At trial, prosecutors said Stone told five different lies to lawmakers on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee about his contacts with the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.
Trump granted Stone a presidential pardon in December, wiping away the criminal conviction. Trump had previously commuted Stone’s sentence, allowing him to avoid a prison sentence.
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