Hobbs Man Sentenced for Lying to the IRS

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

When it comes to the IRS, you don't mess around.

A Hobbs man convicted of lying to them is learning that lesson the hard way.

Bill Melot was sentenced to five years behind bars, followed by three years of supervised release.

Melot was found guilty of tax evasion, program fraud and numerous other crimes.

He owes the IRS $25 million in taxes and he hasn't filed a tax return since 1986.
Merlot also collected over $200,000 in federal farm aid, which he lied to get.

He has to pay $18 million in restitution to the IRS and another $200,000 to the United States Department of Agriculture.