31 December 2008

Hovind Convictions Affirmed

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed the tax crime convictions of Kent Hovind and his wife Jo Hovind. They are prominent evangelical Christian Creationists.

On the convictions which were affirmed "The district court entered a final order of forfeiture against Jo and sentenced her to one year and one day of imprisonment. The court sentenced Kent to 120 months of imprisonment and to supervised release of 3 years, and ordered Kent to pay restitution of $604,874.87." The forfeiture order substituted $430,400 of property not ordinarily subject to fofeiture, for property that had been fraudulently transferred by the Hovinds and removed from the jurisdiction of the Court.

While the U.S. Supreme Court could entertain an appeal from the ruling, this is highly unlikely.

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