Justice pays off back taxes in McDowell County

WELCH, W.Va. — Billionaire gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice made a final payment toward more than $1 million in back taxes owed to McDowell County on Wednesday.

McDowell County Sheriff Martin B. West said Bluestone Coal Corporation, owned by Jim Justice, made a payment of $166,592 Wednesday, satisfying the tax bill owed to the county.

The back taxes were paid after the county hired an attorney and reached an out-of-court agreement for the taxes to be made in installments.

West went to the circuit court in 2014 against the Russian owners of the company and received a judgment for the $1.1 million owed to the county.

West said a $41,000 payment was made on Tuesday.

The first payment to the county of $780,323 was made on April 30, West said. The second payment of $181,582 was made on June 30.

“This will be a great blessing to the McDowell County Board of Education and the county commission as tax money helps make up their budget,” West said. “I am happy that the Jim Justice corporation officials satisfied this agreement as promised…

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