Fraud Friday: The Queen of Mean - Spidell

Fraud Friday: The Queen of Mean

Of the famous tax cheats, one of the few women on the list is hotelier Leona Helmsley, a.k.a., The Queen of Mean. Illegal billings tied to the renovation of one of the Helmsleys’ weekend mansions clued investigators in to tax evasion. In the end, Helmsley was ordered to report for her jail sentence on April 15, 1992. She was famously quoted as saying “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” That may be so, but the big people go to jail.


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