Long time SEB favorite whipping boy “Dr.” Kent Hovind has been on trial for tax fraud over the past few weeks, which most of you probably already know if you’ve been following along on Pharyngula. Well the trial is finally over and the good “Dr.” and his wife have been found guilty of tax fraud that could land them in prison for a very long time:
Kent Hovind is charged with 58 federal counts, including failure to pay $845,000 in employee-related taxes and withholdings.
If found guilty, he faces a maximum of 288 years in prison. His wife, Jo Hovind, faces up to 225 years. Her charges include aiding and abetting her husband with 44 counts of evading bank-reporting requirements.
Doh! Seems the good “Dr.” would’ve benefited from less time studying the Bible and more time studying up on U.S. tax laws.
I’ve written many times in the past about what a total whack job the good “Dr.” is and my utter amazement that anyone actually takes anything he says seriously because it’s obvious after only a few minutes of listening to him that he’s more than a few cards short of a full deck. This became even more apparent during the course of his trial when he made all sorts of idiotic claims in an attempt to justify years of not paying taxes of any kind. A small sample follows:
In closing arguments this morning, Alan Richey, Kent Hovind’s defense attorney, said the Pensacola evangelist was never notified by the IRS that he was violating a specific law by not withholding and paying employment taxes on workers at the Dinosaur Adventure Land and Creative Science Evangelism, both of which he founded and operates.
Hovind also believes that as workers of God, he and all employees of the theme park and his ministry are exempt from paying taxes.
It’s a shame when reality conflicts with one’s beliefs. All too often, as “Dr.” Kent Hovind has just discovered, reality wins. On the plus side for Hovind it’s looking like we won’t have the good “Dr.” to kick around much longer. Of the bat shit crazy evangelists he was definitely my favorite.