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Bill Melot, a resident of Hobbs, N.M., appeared in federal court today before Magistrate Karen B. Molzen in Las Cruces, N.M., on tax and false statement charges, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. Melot, a farmer who owns approximately 250 acres in Lea County, N.M., was charged with tax evasion, failing to file tax returns, corruptly impeding the IRS, and making false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
According to the indictment, Melot owes the IRS more than $18 million in federal taxes and has not filed a personal tax return since 1986. However, Melot has collected over $225,000 in federal farm subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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