Two political advisors to Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino are in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service.
Longtime political operative Roger Stone reportedly owes over $400,000 in unpaid taxes, according to the New York Post. The IRS filed a $405,035 tax lien against Stone and his wife in Florida last year. Stone told the Post on Monday that the tax debt dated back to a 2006 tax dispute with the IRS and that a hearing was scheduled in the matter in the next few months. Stone reportedly also lost money after partnering with confessed Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, who pleaded guilty to bilking investors out of $1.2 billion.
On his website, Stone accused Post reporter Fredric Dicker of working for Paladinos rival, Andrew Cuomo. In today's New York Post Fred Dicker reports that my wife and I have a $405,000 tax lien from the IRS which pertains to our 2006 taxes. What Fred is well aware of and didn't report is that the matter is in dispute and an appeal has been filed with a hearing scheduled in 90 days! Fred never lets the facts get in the way of a good tabloid story.
Paladino and Dicker recently got into a much-publicized shouting match when Paladino accused the Post of sending a photographer to stalk his young daughter.
Another Paladino advisor, Michael Caputo, reportedly owed the IRS $52,000 in unpaid taxes, but told the Post that he has paid all but $9,302 of the tax debt.
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