Spiro Agnew is neither the largest tax cheat in history nor the most egregious. What lands him on this list is the consequences of his fraud: Agnew was forced out of the vice presidency less than a year before President Nixon resigned from office. That’s right — had Agnew just paid his tax bill, he might have been our 38th president, or not.
Agnew is actually another victim of the Capone Conundrum in that he didn’t report the income he received from bribes — the last of which actually came in the form of envelopes of cash delivered while he was serving in the White House. So it might be safe to assume he was on his way out with or without the tax evasion.
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