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Feds hit Roger Stone with $2 million tax suit

The Justice Department is suing political strategist and longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone for almost $2 million in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest, dating back more than a decade.

The civil suit, filed Friday in federal court in West Palm Beach, Fla., makes several references to Stone’s indictment two years ago on charges he tried to deceive Congress and threatened a witness during investigations into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The suit says that at the time of his indictment Stone was making regular payments to the IRS on a tax debt of about $1 million he ran up from 2007 to 2011, but after the criminal case was brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Stone stopped paying. Stone also failed to pay about $400,000 in taxes and penalties owed on his 2017 return, the suit alleges.

Soon after Stone was arrested in a controversial morning FBI raid at his Fort Lauderdale residence in January 2019, Stone and his wife Nydia moved to a nearby condominium apartment that was purchased by a trust she controlled. The suit alleges that financial move and others were fraud aimed at preventing the IRS from collecting the money Stone and his wife owed and still owe to the feds.

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