by Peter J. Reily
You will see reports that Kent Hovind is in prison for tax evasion. This is understandable. According to this recent Tax Court decision concerning Mrs. Hovind, neither he nor she were filing 1040s. That is not what he is in prison for. In 2006, a jury found Kent Hovind guilty on all counts of a fifty-eight count indictment. Twelve counts concerned failure to file quarterly payroll tax returns for Creation Science Evangelism (Mr. Hovind’s ministry which operated the Dinosaur Adventure Land theme park). Forty-five counts were for “structuring”. He or his wife made cash withdrawals from the bank in the amounts of $9,500 or $9,600 on forty-five separate occasions between the summer of 2001 and the summer of 2002. The 58th count said he had corruptly endeavored “to obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws” . That particular offense reminds me of a crime that the city cops I hung around with in the seventies used to talk about. They called it “ B and A”, which stood for “being an _______”. In Hovind’s case it included filing complaints, making threats and paying his employees in cash and calling them missionaries.The Creation Hall of Fame has replaced its statement that Mr. Hovind was testing the constitutionality of the tax laws and was unable to find a righteous judge with a lengthy statement by Hovind that explains that he was not doing that. Here are some excerpts:“I have NEVER been a tax protester. America was founded by those type guys and we NEED them today, but I am NOT one. The government, however, broke over 20 laws to put me in prison. This has been the history of man. See the story of Joseph, Job, Jesus, 6 million Jews in Hitler’s camps etc. I DO NOT say the tax laws are unconstitutional nor did I break one to “prove a point” or “test the law.”Hovind appealed his conviction and sentence to the Eleventh Circuit, which upheld both, but he has not given up.
He has a letter from an anonymous sympathetic banker on his site that gives this analysis of the structuring charge:
By this twisted logic, if you deposit or withdrew $500 from your own bank account every week for 21 weeks, you could be arrested and charged with 21 counts of structuring because the amount went over $10,000.‘ You could be fined $5,250,000 and sentenced to 105 years in prison (even though you never had the $10,000 in your account at any one time and the money was not earned or spent illegally)!
UPDATE: Charges against Kent Hovind DROPPED!
He is out! Here is the link to the Kent Hovind official blog with all official updates:
As well, check out this YouTube video!