Thursday, December 29, 2005

Wilkes Fails to Pay Taxes

Cunningham co-conspirator #1, Brent Wilkes, owes $170,000 in property taxes on the $11 million dollar headquarters of his various sham companies. The North County Times reports that as on December 12, Wilkes failed to pay a $120,000 tax bill. When added to an outstanding tax debt of nearly $40,000 and factoring in penalties, Wilkes total overdue tax bill is close to $170,000.

Wilkes is a partner in Al Dust Properties, LLC, which owns the facility housing many of Wilkes business ventures at 13970 Stowe Drive in Poway.

"The delinquent property tax bill continues to grow for the multimillion-dollar Poway property controlled by Brent Wilkes, one of the alleged co-conspirators alluded to in court documents in the Randy "Duke" Cunningham bribery scandal, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said Wednesday.

McAllister said the tax bill plus penalties has now mushroomed to more than $170,000, after Wilkes failed to pay his latest nearly $120,000 tax bill, which came due Dec. 12.

The penalties will continue to grow at the rate of 1.5 percent per month until the back taxes are paid, McAllister added.

"We cannot foreclose on the property to redeem taxes until five years have passed, (but) interest and penalties will continue to grow in addition to the annual taxes not paid," he said in a Wednesday phone interview."

Tax Collector McAllister said that his office had not been contacted by either Wilkes or anyone connected to Al Dust Properties LLC to discuss the company's failure to pay what it owes.

"It's unusual for someone to owe so much and to flounder not paying and not telling us what is going on," McAllister said."

The Stowe Drive facility was put up for sale after the details of Wilkes connections to Cunningham and other Republican members of congress became public.

It certainly appears that the Wilkes empire is collapsing like the house of cards that it is. Income sources drying up, legal fees exploding, building for sale and taxes unpaid.

With Duke Cunningham practices his singing lessons, it appears that the least of Brent Wilkes' worries is an unpaid property tax bill.