Justice Department Sues Trump Crony Roger Stone For Alleged $2 Million In Unpaid Taxes

2021-04-16 19:00:09

Longtime political operative and Donald Trump ally Roger Stone has been sued by the Department of Justice for alleged millions in unpaid federal income taxes.

The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says Stone and his wife, Nydia, used a limited liability corporation called Drake Ventures to “shield their personal income … and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties,” Reuters reported. 

In January 2019, Stone and his wife used Drake Ventures funds to purchase a home in Florida’s Broward County, and registered it under another entity, The Hill reported. According to the lawsuit, the couple was in “substantial debt” to the IRS at the time of purchase.

Stone could not immediately be reached for comment.

Stone, a longtime GOP political operative and confidant of the former president, served as Trump’s 2016 campaign adviser. His actions leading up to the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 are reportedly being investigated by the FBI. Videos show Stone in the company of members of key extremist groups who stormed the building. 

In a Washington rally a month before the storming of the Capitol, Stone, surrounded by members of the violent extremist Proud Boys, urged the crowd to “never give up and fight for America” — in other words, by overturning the democratic election. The night before the Capitol attack, Stone spoke at a Washington rally and called the conflict a battle between the “godly and the godless,” between “good and evil.”

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