Veteran Republican operative Roger Stone, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, is about to go through some things. The self-proclaimed ‘dirty trickster’ owes the government a fuckton of money, and the Department of Justice is looking at Stone’s $400,000 mortgage loan for a condo, according to The Daily Beast. Stone owes a whopping $2 million in unpaid taxes, but he somehow secured that mortgage, and the government wants to seize the property.
“The government’s complaint lays out a complicated scheme,” the outlet reports. “It describes the condo purchase as an overt act of fraud, and claims a right to seize the property. Essentially, prosecutors say, Stone and his wife Nydia used $140,000 from a private company they already held (Drake Ventures) for a down payment on a condo. Picking up the rest of the tab—almost exactly $400,000—was a mortgage lender.”
Martin Sheil, a former special agent in the IRS’ criminal division, told the outlet that the deal seems “shady.”
“For this transaction, I’d use the term ‘shady.’ I don’t know why anybody would loan them money,” Sheil said.
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According to the mortgage lender — a private individual — they weren’t aware that the Stones were involved. That individual said they would have called off the deal if they had known.
Making matters worse, one of the attorneys who cleared the way for the transaction, RE/MAX FIRST general counsel Paul Caillaud, is facing allegations involving sexual abuse of minors. That sounds about right since Stone is involved.
“Meanwhile, Stone continues to raise cash for his defense fund,” the outlet reports. “A disclaimer on the online donations portal says the fund and Stone are one and the same: ‘Under the Internal Revenue Code, all contributions to the Roger Stone Legal Defense Fund are considered gifts to Roger Stone.’ It also has this warning: ‘Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.'”
It’s always a grift with those in Trump’s orbit, and it’s no wonder that the twice-impeached one-term president pardoned Stone.
You can read the full report here.