The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Roger Stone, alleging that Trump’s longtime ally owed the government about $ 2 million in unpaid federal income tax.
The suit is filed on friday about four months after Trump pardoned Stone during his final weeks in office.
The Stone lawsuit claims he and his wife, Nydia, have used a limited liability company called Drake Ventures to “accept payments to Roger Stone personally, paying personal expenses of they, protect their assets and avoid reporting taxable income to the IRS. “
The complaint reads: “Although they used the funds in their Drake Ventures account to pay some of their taxes, the Stones using Drake Ventures to keep their money allows them to protect their personal income. from being coerced and financed for a lavish lifestyle despite nearly $ 2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties. “
‘FINANCIAL DATA EXPUNGED’
In 2018 and 2019, Stone defrauded a total of $ 1 million in assets into accounts held by Drake Ventures, according to the lawsuit.
After Stone was charged with criminal charges in January 2019, he and his wife used Drake Ventures to buy their home in Broward County, Florida, the Justice Department alleged.
At the time of purchase, Stone and his wife were in “substantial debt” against the IRS, the lawsuit claims.
In a statement on Friday night, Stone said he and his wife worked to pay the tax bills until they were “financially destroyed” by the Russian investigation, leaving them “almost bankrupt” .
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The civil lawsuit, he said, is “another example of Democrats weaponizing the Justice Department,” asking the public to support his defense fund.
After being convicted of 7 felony crimes, in 2019, Stone was then sentenced to 3 years in prison before Trump dropped his sentence in July last year.
Stone was later fully pardoned by Trump in December, just weeks before the former President left office.