You know about Kent Hovind (a/k/a “Dr. Dino”). Wikipedia describes Hovind’s conviction for tax evasion. He’s a martyr to two different groups of people, and his behavior suggests a certain similarity between them — see Creationists and Tax Protesters.
That’s old news. But a few months ago we wrote about the possibility of even new criminal charges — see More Troubles for Kent Hovind? Now those threatened new troubles seem to be happening. At the Forbes website we found this headline: Government Coming Down Harder On Kent Hovind.
After a long summary of Hovind’s beliefs and creationist activities, including his Dinosaur Adventureland theme park (which was seized by the IRS to pay for back taxes), they say, with bold font added by us:
Hovind now faces mail fraud charges in connection with the lis pendens filing on the real estate that the government had seized. Included in the indictment is John Paul Hansen, who seems to have been providing the “expertise” in these matters.
They give this link to the text of the indictment. It’s fun reading — if you’re in the mood. Hovind and his attorney were indicted for trying to interfere with the government’s sale of the property that the IRS had previously seized, in proceedings Hovind had previously contested. Then Forbes says:
It may be that Hansen is the primary target here.
That’s possible. They quote from Hansen’s blog:
I file no Federal Income Taxes (1040 Form) since the year 2000. … I believe I have discovered a “filing for record” process that takes my Land off the tax roles. … I am a sovereign American by birth right. (Not a US citizen.) I believe in full support of the “perpetual Union” as found in the second of four constitutions, “Articles of Confederation”. I have discovered that a “free American” has the lawful standing to choose to live independent of the corporate US governments, and its legislative statutory courts in the vast majority of his daily life, and to be forced to do otherwise is slavery.
Hovind seems to have teamed up with the right adviser. Back to Forbes:
… Kent Hovind’s troubles are pretty much of his own making. YEC supporters have encouraged Kent to stop fighting the IRS so he can focus his energy on “creation science”. Eric Hovind is following in his dad’s footsteps in arguing against evolution, but is not a chip off the old block when it comes to tax compliance.
With that said I really question the judgement of the government in going after Kent for making one more stupid filing. Frankly, if I was on the jury, they might have a hard time getting a conviction. There is stupid and stubborn and there is criminal. Plenty of tax related crime to fight elsewhere. If Hovind is convicted, he will seem like a martyr. If he is acquitted, it will look like a victory for tax defiers.
The author of the Forbes article, Peter J Reilly, seems sympathetic to Hovind. Well, no one ever cheers for the IRS, but still — until the laws are changed we have to pay taxes. The feds don’t need to worry about turning Hovind into a martyr — he’s already a martyr, but that viewpoint is limited to creationists. And if he’s somehow not convicted on these new charges, it won’t encourage anyone but lunatics to “go Hovind” in their dealings with the IRS.
And now, as an extra treat, WorldNetDaily (WND) has an article about Hovind’s plight: Imprisoned creationist faces new charges. We’ll let you read it, but here are a couple of excerpts to get you to click over there:
Only months away from being released to a halfway house after nearly eight years in prison, the popular creation-science lecturer and theme-park creator known as Dr. Dino is facing new charges in his tax-related case. A federal court Monday in Pensacola, Florida, scheduled a trial to begin Dec. 1 for Kent Hovind, founder of Creation Science Evangelism and Dinosaur Adventure Land, on mail-fraud charges in connection with court filings on land seized by the federal government in his case.
WND gives us a better link to the indictment than the one from Forbes. Here’s one more excerpt from their article:
Kent Hovind’s son, Eric Hovind, who now directs a ministry in Pensacola with the same mission of his father’s Creation Science Evangelism, contends the government misrepresented his parents in the 2006 trial, portraying them as anti-government radicals. “If there is one thing I can say about my dad, it is that he is a man of principle, and it is an honor for me to support him as he goes through these trials,” Eric Hovind told WND Monday.
This is exciting. We’ll soon have another trial to write about — one that will capture the attention of not only creationists, but also tax protesters. But we’re worried, because there is great danger here. The volume of drool that is likely to result from the combined anti-science and anti-law movements may be enough to destroy the Earth in another Deluge.
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