Federal authorities charged today that lawyer Roy Cohn owes nearly $7 million in back taxes and moved to seize homes he owns in two states.
Cohn, 58, was an aide to the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s hearings into alleged communist infiltration of the Army and later helped prosecute atomic spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. He also faces disbarment proceedings in an unrelated matter.
In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan and in Bridgeport, Conn., federal authorities charged that Cohn, who suffers life-threatening liver cancer, owes up to $7 million in back taxes to the federal government.
The government asked to be given Cohn’s New York town house as well as another home he owns in Greenwich, Conn.
Assistant U.S. Atty. Nancy Kilson said the money the government is seeking represents taxes on much of Cohn’s earnings between 1959 and 1983.
Also listed in the suits are seven associates of Cohn and Cohn’s law firm, Saxe, Bacon and Bolan, P.C., the 39 E. 68th St. Corp., and the Witherill Corp.--all individuals and businesses that are holding the two homes on behalf of Cohn.