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Hobbs Farmer Sentenced For Hiding His Ownership of 250 Acres of Land in Lea County

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LEA COUNTY, N.M. - A farmer from Hobbs will be spending the next 14 years in prison for hiding his ownership of 250 acres of land in Lea County.

Bill Melot will be placed under supervised release for the first three years after serving his time.

He was also ordered to pay more than $18 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and over $200,000 to the U.S.D.A.

This comes after he was convicted of multiple charges including tax evasion and making false statements.

According to court documents, Melot had not filed a personal income tax since 1986.

He owes more than $32 million dollars in state and federal taxes.

Melot had been using fake social security number and employer identification numbers to hide his assets.