Roger Stone and his wife are trying to settle the Justice Department's lawsuit over $2 million in unpaid taxes
Roger Stoneand his wife are trying to settle the Justice Department's $2 million tax lawsuit.
- The DOJ alleges they lived a lavish lifestyle and failed to adhere to an IRS payment plan.
In April 2021, Justice Department attorneys in Florida brought a lawsuit against Roger Stone and his wife, Nydia Stone. Since 2011, they alleged, the couple had been skipping out on their tax bills to live a "lavish lifestyle." Fees and fines included, they owed about $2 million, according to the DOJ.
More than a year later, Stone is trying to settle the lawsuit, court records show, but the deadline for the Justice Department to accept or reject the offer keeps being extended — with the latest deadline, Friday, July 15, looming.
Attorneys for Stone failed to reach a settlement during mediation with Justice Department lawyers in April. In May, the Justice Department asked a judge to compel Stone to produce records as part of the discovery process ahead of trial.
On June 17, the deadline the judge gave Stone to produce discovery material, the GOP operative and his wife offered a settlement.
"The Stone Defendants submitted a settlement offer to the United States that, if accepted, will resolve all claims and issues in this case," the Stones' attorney Brian R. Harris wrote in a filing submitted to court that day. "The United States is currently processing the offer in accordance with its internal procedures and expects to provide a response next week."
Since then, the Justice Department has repeatedly asked for extensions as it "is continuing to process the
settlement offer," Harris wrote in court filings.
At the time the lawsuit was filed, Roger Stone railed against the charges. A longtime Republican operative who, months earlier, was pardoned by now-former President Donald Trump after a jury found him guilty of obstructing Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, he claimed the lawsuit was politically motivated.
He said litigation from the charges in the Mueller case had bankrupted him and the tax lawsuit was "yet another example of the Democrats weaponizing the Justice Department." The Justice Department's lawsuit said Stone had previously agreed to pay the IRS what he owed in monthly installments but stopped paying in March 2019.
Roger Stone didn't respond to Insider's request for comment for this story. Harris declined to comment. A representative for the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Florida, which brought the lawsuit, didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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