Lien Times: Meet Some Local Tax Cheats
the tax season draws to a close this week, some of our more
recognizable citizens are probably wondering if Uncle Sam will catch
them cheating on their taxes again. Take Lil Wayne, who was just
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popped by the Internal Revenue Service for not paying his fair share
in 2008 and 2009.
The government hit the Young Money Democrat with a
lien on his Miami mansion for $5.6 million in unpaid taxes. It's
not the first time President Carter has been caught. Last year, he
paid off a $1 million lien for skipping out on taxes in 2004, 2005,
and 2007. Before that, the IRS nailed him with a lien for $977,840.
But the Grammy-winning artist isn't the first high-profile deadbeat to grace our sunny shores. In 2008, the tax agency filed a lien against R. Allen Stanford's Coral Gables estate, as well as other properties the Texas financier owned. His unpaid tax bill was a whopping $104 million. Fellow fraud Scott Rothstein owed nearly $10 million in unpaid taxes for 2008, according to the IRS, which received a judge's approval to seize all of Rothstein's 24 properties in Florida, Rhode Island, and New York.
You can't have a ponzi scheme without tax evasion.
Other tax dodgers include two retired celebrity athletes, a former Richard Nixon political strategist, an ex-North Bay Village mayor, a pro poker player, and a Nigerian-born engineer caught up in a public corruption probe:
Tim Hardaway: Earlier this year, the Miami Heat bailed out its former star point guard by buying his mansion to help him clear a $120,000 federal tax debt. The IRS had put a lien on the baller's 7,542-square-foot crib.
Bernie Kosar: When the former national champion Miami Hurricanes quarterback filed for bankruptcy in 2009, he listed among his liabilities $231,094 in unpaid income taxes for 1996. But he did not include more than $322,000 the IRS claims he owed for 2000, 2006, and 2007.
Roger Stone: A Republican advisor who helped Nixon and George W. Bush win the presidency, Stone allegedly owes $405,035 in unpaid taxes. In a recent interview with New Times, he said he is working on a settlement.
Oscar Alfonso: Before, during, and after his tenure as North Bay Village mayor, Alfonso has been dogged with financial problems, including an IRS lien for $223,886.
Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi: Shortly after the Miramar-based poker pro won two nationally televised World Poker Tour events in 2005 and 2006, tax agents knocked on his door. Well, actually, the IRS filed a tax lien against him for roughly $340,000.
Emmanuel Nwadike: In 2009, Nwadike served as Opa-locka's chief engineer, steering about $2.4 million in city contracts to a firm that paid him at least $348,000 in kickbacks, according to state prosecutors. Maybe he needed the cash to help pay off his $633,000 tax lien.
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