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Roger Stone Seeks Stay in Tax Case Due to Wife’s Cancer

June 15, 2021, 11:51 PM

Roger Stone and his wife Nydia Stone—recently diagnosed with cancer—are seeking a 90-day stay in the government’s nearly $2 million tax case against them.

The Stones cited Nydia’s diagnosis with aggressive, advanced cancer as the reason for the stay, because neither would be able to “meaningfully participate” in the case. Nydia Stone was hospitalized earlier this month, and her “short-term prognosis and health remain uncertain,” according to the document filed Tuesday.

The stay request is unopposed by the government, according to the document, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

The government sued the Stones in April for nearly $1.6 million in liabilities arising from joint returns filed for tax years 2007 to 2011, plus more than $400,000 that Roger Stone owes individually from 2018.

Roger Stone was indicted in January 2019 on charges of obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering connected to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Former President Donald Trump later granted Roger Stone a pardon.

A stay in the case would give the Stones time to evaluate a treatment plan, they said in the filing. Roger Stone is one of his wife’s primary caretakers, and the “sudden change” hampers his ability to participate in the case—including an answer, preparation of a defense, and discovery, the document said.

The case is United States v. Stone, S.D. Fla., No. 0:21-cv-60825-RAR, motion 6/15/21.

To contact the reporter on this story: Colleen Murphy in Washington at cmurphy@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Patrick Ambrosio at pambrosio@bloombergtax.com; Yuri Nagano at ynagano@bloombergtax.com

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