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New sentence ordered for farmer in $25M tax case

October 21, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico farmer and businessman could face more time in prison because a federal appeals court on Monday tossed out his five-year sentence for failing to pay more than $25 million in federal taxes and fraudulently collecting farm subsidies.

Bill Melot of Hobbs was sentenced in 2011 and ordered to pay $18 million in restitution.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld Melot’s convictions for tax evasion, failure to file tax returns and Login to read more

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