Roger Stone Blasts 'Vile' Lawsuit Claiming He Owes IRS $2 Million, Blames 'Deep State'

Roger Stone, the controversial ally of former President Donald Trump, has hit out at a Department of Justice lawsuit against him, branding it "vile" and blaming the so-called "deep state."

Stone, 68, a Republican political consultant, refuted claims made in the civil lawsuit on Friday that he and his wife Nydia owe nearly $2million in unpaid federal income taxes.

He soon lashed out against the lawsuit on social media platform Telegram, where he said: "Will the political harassment of my wife and I ever end? The Biden a Justice Department civil suit against us is a vile crock of s***."

Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering in November 2019. As a result, he was sentenced to more than three years in prison.

But, former President Trump commuted his sentence just days before Stone was due to start it in July 2020. Trump then granted Stone a full pardon weeks before he left office.

In another post Stone claimed he had "no income and no assets," and reference the lawsuit, saying: "I guess they're still really p****d off about the pardon. Now I have no choice but to defeat them again."

Posting screengrabs of news articles about the lawsuit, Stone added: "Same deep state bulls*** - different day."

The DOJ lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Florida, contains serious allegations that Stone and Nydia used Drake Ventures, a commercial entity, to hide money from the IRS in order to "fund a lavish lifestyle."

It claims the pair owed $1.5 million in unpaid taxes from 2007 and 2011 as well as an additional $407,000 from 2018.

The complaint states: "Although they used funds held in Drake Ventures accounts to pay some of their taxes, the Stones' use of Drake Ventures to hold their funds allowed them to shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing nearly $2million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties. As the Stones' alter ego, Drake Ventures is liable for the taxes."

It adds that Drake Ventures is "dominated and controlled" by the Stones to such an extent that it "does not exist as an independent entity," with the company having no website or phone number and the Stones' private residence listed as the address.

Nydia Stone is also said to be listed as the managing director while all other members are part of the Stone family.

The DOJ also said that Stone created the Bertran Trust after he was indicted in 2019 on charges related to Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's tampering in the 2016 presidential election.

Stone then bought a home in Florida and allegedly fraudulently transferred it to the trust before defaulting on a $19,485 per month installment agreement that they entered into with the IRS.

"They purchased the residence shortly after Roger Stone's indictment and placed it in the name of the Bertran Trust just prior to defaulting on their installment agreement with the IRS," the suit claims.

It continued: "The Stones have long owed back taxes, and they have been parties to numerous installment agreements, some of which were terminated by the IRS. They were aware that their default would result in IRS collection activity."

The DOJ is also seeking the house the Stones transferred to the trust be declared as their own property, rather than that of a trust, in addition to the money it claims is owed.

Newsweek has contacted Stone's attorney Grant Smith for comment.

Roger Stone faces serious allegations
Roger Stone faces serious allegations that he tried to escape federal tax. In this photo, Roger Stone arrives for the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Joe Raedle / Staff/Getty