The Los Angeles Times reports records show a Santa Barbara County business owned by Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado owes the federal government more than $100,000 in taxes.
The Times reported Friday that public records show federal officials filed a lien against the property on April 13 - two weeks before Maldonado was sworn in as lieutenant governor.
According to the Times, the Internal Revenue Service lien indicates that Maldonado owes the government $111,146 for underpaying a category of taxes that include Social Security, Medicare and federal withholding contributions for employees on his 6,000-acre farm.
A spokesman for Maldonado's reelection campaign told the Times the outstanding taxes are "absolutely not an employee compensation issue," rather a dispute over the use of company vehicles.
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