Our history with Liko Smith traces back to the dawn of The Extreme Scene. When the show first started nearly six years ago, Liko and Mark Frank Montoya invited us up to South Lake Tahoe for the debut of their hotel collaboration, the world's first snowboarding hotel The Block. Things have turned south for Liko and MFM, as both The Block and its sister motel Cedar Lodge have been closed since December after Liko failed to pay nearly $200,000 in South Lake Tahoe city taxes.
The website for all of The Block's hotels (which include locations in Big Bear and South Lake Tahoe) is down, which is never a good sign for a company. The Block's Big Bear location recently went on the auction block, and the reality TV show Liko and MFM created based on The Block and featured on the G4 channel (I never really understood what the channel was about) will likely not return to the tube.
Liko Smith and MFM partnered up years ago when MFM was married to Liko's sister (they have since split up). While MFM is a part-owner, he's primarily just the name behind the business, and didn't have much to do with the hotels in terms of management or finances. So it wouldn't be fair to blame MFM for the failure of the hotel venture. Liko, however, is in deep trouble. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James Dawson ruled that there is enough evidence to hold Eneliko (his real first name) Smith accountable on a felony count of misappropriation of public funds for failing to pay nearly $200,000 in taxes.
Liko, who was recently featured on Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory TV show trying to convince Dyrdek to invest in a Las Vegas hotel (the same episode later showed a newspaper clipping highlighting Liko's trouble with the law), doesn't deny that he owes money to the government, but finds the criminal charges to be unfounded. “(South Lake Tahoe)'s goal isn’t really to get money for the improvement of the city, it’s to intimidate people into paying Transient Occupancy Taxes,” said Smith. Liko also said South Lake Tahoe is using bullying tactics to collect the money, and blames the tax error on records lost during a switch in business locations and accountants.
The government apparently doesn't see it that way. The next hearing for the case is set for June 29th.