Tax Debts Follow Drug-Dealing Thompson Fundraiser

Business associates are always very impressed by the home, Martin told the magazine.

"They get to take the elevator to the meeting room," which holds up to a dozen people, the magazine quoted Martin as saying. The house "suits my larger-than-life personality," Martin reportedly joked with the article's author.

The Internal Revenue Service has filed liens totaling roughly $250,000 against Martin's former businesses, according to public records, and state and local tax authorities from Kentucky, Texas, South Carolina, Ohio and elsewhere have filed liens against Martin or his former businesses for over $50,000 more.

Martin's criminal history grabbed headlines Sunday. Police files show Martin was convicted of or pleaded guilty to multiple felonies in the 1970s and 80s and started and folded dozens of businesses in the 1990s.

In recent years, Martin has also faced roughly a dozen lawsuits from furious investors who say they were burned in his failed ventures and are owed millions.

Martin's lawyer, John P. Konvalinka, told the Washington Post recently that "for a man engaged in 1,000 transactions a year, he doesn't have near the amount of litigation that some of my clients do."

Kate McCarthy contributed to this report.

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