IRS Accuses Hobbs Man of Tax Evasion

Staff Report
The Associated Press

A federal indictment alleges a Hobbs farmer owes more than $18 million in federal taxes and has not filed personal taxes since 1986.

At the same time, it says Bill Melot collected more than $225,000 in federal farm subsidies.

Melot faces charges of tax evasion, failing to file tax returns, corruptly impeding the IRS and making false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The indictment alleges he took steps to conceal his ownership of 250 acres in Lea County, used false Social Security and employer identification numbers to hide assets from the IRS and gave
fictitious employer identification numbers to collect federal farm aid.

A woman who answered a Hobbs telephone listing for a Bill Melot said no one by that name was at the number.