Race hustler Al Sharpton has gone from a fat slob in a sweat suit to a svelte gent in tailored threads but apparently he's still a deadbeat as reported by Russ Buettner for The New York Times:
Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses. And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees.
With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury's inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as "abusive," or "potentially criminal" if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.
Mr. Sharpton and the National Action Network have repeatedly failed to pay travel agencies, hotels and landlords. He has leaned on the generosity of friends and sometimes even the organization, intermingling its finances with his own to cover his daughters' private school tuition.
Maybe Sharpton can go back to the old rackets with which he supposedly was once involved in order to raise some quick cash.
A 1983 undercover FBI surveillance video seemingly shows Sharpton claiming to know a potential purchaser for multiple kilos of pure cocaine, and he long has faced allegations that he was a mob associate.
Colombo-mobster-turned-Christian-evangelical Michael Franzese claims he knew Al Sharpton back in the day, and the reformed mobster alleges the good reverend is not coming clean with his mob past as reported by Jerry Capeci for Gang Land News: "He was a gun for hire, our gun for hire," recalled Franzese, and "he built his reputation on defending the civil rights of blacks, but he would exploit them for money."
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