Lawyers for ComputerLand Corp. founder William Millard, now a Cayman Islands resident in his 80s, could interview the leader of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as part of Mr. Millard’s challenge of a tax bill of more than $100 million.
In court papers, Mr. Millard’s bankruptcy lawyer called Governor Eloy S. Inos an “important witness” in the process of figuring out the history of Mr. Millard’s 1987 tax bill for more than $118 million. That bill led Mr. Millard and his wife to file for bankruptcy last year.
Since the bankruptcy case began, Mr. Millard has proclaimed that he’s not an elusive tax fugitive but a victim of a decades-old vendetta political vendetta driven by the Pacific island chain’s lawmakers.
Mr. Inos, who is up for re-election in November, was the island’s finance director in 1993, Mr. Millard’s lawyer said. A year later, the island won a tax judgment against Mr. Millard and his wife, Patricia, for $36 million, although tax officials didn’t try to collect that money right away, according to court papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.