10 November 2006

Creationist Kent Hovind Convicted Of Tax Fraud

One of the most famous advocates of Creationism, Kent Hovind, was convicted of tax fraud in federal court in Florida on November 2, 2006. He is being incarcerated pending sentencing on January 7, 2007, because he is considered a flight risk.

He was convicted of all charges. These included (per the Wikipedia link above):

[T]welve counts of willful failure to collect, account for, and pay over Federal income taxes and FICA taxes under 26 U.S.C. § 7202, forty-five counts of knowingly structuring transactions in Federally-insured financial institutions to evade the reporting requirements of 31 U.S.C. § 5313(a), in violation of 31 U.S.C. § 5324, 18 U.S.C. § 2 and 31 C.F.R. sec. 103.11, and one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the administration of the internal revenue laws under 26 U.S.C. § 7212. Twelve of the charges are for failing to pay employee-related taxes, totaling $473,818, and 45 of the charges are for evading reporting requirements by making multiple cash withdrawals just under the $10,000 reporting requirement (smurfing). The withdrawals, totaling $430,500, were placed in 2001 and 2002.

He did not mount a defense at trial and has denied, on cranky grounds, the Court's jurisdiction over him. My ball park guess, based on excerpts from the relevant U.S. Sentencing Guidelins is that he is looking at about 4 years in federal prison, although that may be on the low end of the scale.

The convictions are the culmulation of years of litigation by Hovind against the government, and by the government against him, for a variety of offense, some base, like assault, and some technical, like zoning violations and tax charges.


Kyle said...

Heh. To think of all those times I told people Hovind was more than wrong, but an outright liar. I had no idea he was so indisciminate about it.

Dex said...

maybe when he's doing his piece, he'll come to richard dawkins.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Seems it has become quite clear, that the Bible is in fact telling the truth! Unbelievable! I read it before!

17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Wow it's all true! And there's more!

1And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Jesus is coming folks! You've got an appointment.