Kent Hovind’s Co-Defendant Is Sentenced

Everyone knows about the tax evasion prosecution of Kent Hovind (a/k/a “Dr. Dino”), and his subsequent self-inflicted problems arising from his activities after that conviction. Hovind is a martyr to two different groups of people, and his behavior suggests a certain similarity between them — see Creationists and Tax Protesters.

Our last post about this was Charges Against Kent Hovind Dropped? Hovind and his trustee, Paul John Hansen, were being prosecuted for several counts of mail fraud, conspiracy, and contempt for their relentless efforts to obstruct the government from selling property it had seized to pay Hovind’s taxes.

Hovind had previously contested the feds’ seizure of those properties, and there had been a previous court order preventing him from making such filings, but he and Hansen were determined to … well, to ignore the whole legal system. Here’s a link to the text of the indictment against the two of them.

Throughout this multi-year fiasco, Hovind has insisted that he’s just a simple man of god, and his problems with the government are persecution because he’s a creationist. We’ve seen Hansen described by his fans as a “Good Samaritan,” who was merely trying to help Hovind. A more proper term might be “accomplice.”

Anyway, Hovind was acquitted of the latest charges on a technicality, but that technicality didn’t apply to Hansen, so we’ve been awaiting the hearing on his sentencing. Now the suspense is over. There’s some news today in the Pensacola News Journal of Pensacola, Florida. That town was the home of Hovind’s creationist “ministry” and his Dinosaur Adventure Land, which are among the properties confiscated by the feds to pay Hovind’s back taxes. Pensacola is also the site of the federal courthouse where Hovind’s trials have been conducted.

Their latest headline is Hovind’s co-defendant gets 18 months in prison. The newspaper has a comments feature. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us:

On Friday, Paul John Hansen, a church trustee and co-defendant of Pensacola evangelist Kent Hovind, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for criminal contempt. In March, a federal jury convicted Hansen on two counts of contempt: One for mailing a notice that interfered with government efforts to sell church land to settle Hovind’s tax debts, and another for failing to comply with a subpoena ordering Hansen to appear in Pensacola last year.

At the sentencing Friday, U.S. Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers sentenced Hansen to 1.5 years in prison, with 10 months credit for time served, followed by three years probation.

That newspaper is often sloppy in their courthouse reporting. We assume they intended to say: “1.5 years in prison, with after allowing 10 months credit for time served.” Okay, moving along:

“There is little that is more threatening to the fabric of society than someone taking action to thwart or ignore the law,” the judge told Hansen. “You’re not special. You’re subject to the same laws as everyone else in this courtroom … that’s all this case is about, pure and simple.”

We doubt that the drooling supporters of Hovind and Hansen would agree. Let’s read on:

Hansen espoused in the courtroom that he is neither a U.S. citizen nor resident, because he lived on “church land” and not government land.

Brilliant argument! Alas, the judge wasn’t persuaded. The news story continues:

Hovind was on hand for the sentencing, and briefly testified to Hansen’s character.

[…]

“I would trust you completely,” he told Hansen from the stand. “I think you are a Godly man, and if I could give my opinion … you should go home today.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That didn’t persuade the judge either. Here’s one last excerpt:

Hovind, currently on home confinement, said his immediate plans are to focus on rebuilding his ministry. Hansen will presumably be brought in to assist when he is released, based on Hovind’s character testimony.

So there you are. Hovind is out, and Hansen has another year and a half to go. We’ve never paid much attention to Hansen, but we’re eager for more entertainment from Hovind. And we’re confident that he will provide it.

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11 responses to “Kent Hovind’s Co-Defendant Is Sentenced

  1. peterreillycpa

    With time already served Hansen will be out in time to not file his income tax return on time. I have a bunch of jobs that I imagine whenever I get whiney about my own – like being a company commander in a combat zone- I’m thinking of adding being Paul Hansen’s probation officer to the list. Hopefully it will be somebody with a sense of humor.

  2. The news of Hansen’s sentencing seems to have had a terrible effect on this woman: FDNY rescues 910-pound woman through apartment window.

  3. Actually, the sentence really is a total of 18 months, so Hansen has 8 more months to serve.

    As for Hovind, he was removed from home confinement on August 7 and is currently on three years of supervised release.

    Here’s a better story than the PNJ’s article. It was written by a local and posted to Peter Reilly’s Your Tax Matters Partner blog. I also did some very quick copyediting of the article before it was posted. You may find it interesting for (a) the discussion of how Hansen’s sentence was figured; (b) the description of the testimony of Hovind’s consigliere, Ernie Land, as well as Land’s disavowal of “14th Amendment” citizenship (say what?) and (b) a brief mention of “common law courts” (which are not recognized by any federal, state or local court system).

    http://ytmp.blogspot.com/2015/08/hansen-sentenced-to-18-months-in-prison.html

  4. totally off-topic (please forgive me, SC), but I just couldn’t resist —

    Headline at NYTimes.com:
    “After 70 Years of Men, Some Say It Is ‘High Time’ a Woman Led the U.N.”

    I nominate Hillary. Do we have a second?

  5. retiredsciguy says: “I nominate Hillary.”

    I nominate the 910 lb. woman in my previous link. She has the gravitas for the job.

  6. Kent has been whining about not having anyone to debate, and yet he has been on the run from me and his people appear to have been told to not even mention me by name.

    Last week in my interview on the Road to Reason program I was able to present my challenge to Kent and the RtR hosts have offered to provide the venue should Kent actually accept the invitation.

    See:

    Suggested Propositions for Discussion

    (1) KENT HOVIND STRUCTURING PROPOSITION

    Structuring requires two or more transactions
    of $10,000 or less on the same day that total
    more than $10,000.

    – Kent Hovind: Affirm
    – Robert Baty: Deny

    (2) ROBERT BATY STRUCTURING PROPOSITION

    Withdrawing $10,000 or less in a single transaction
    with the intent to evade bank reporting requirements
    is a violation of the law and regulations and was at
    the time of the Hovind withdrawals in question and
    was the legal standard used to convict Kent Hovind
    of “structuring”.

    – Robert Baty: Affirm
    – Kent Hovind: Deny

    (3) KENT HOVIND “WORSE THAN RAPE” PROPOSITION

    At the sentencing of Kent Hovind in 2007, Judge
    Margaret Casey Rodgers explicitly stated that
    Kent was “worse than a rapist” and/or his crimes
    were “worse than rape” and the statement is not
    recorded in the official court transcript of that
    proceeding.

    – Kent Hovind: Affirm
    – Jo Hovind: Affirm
    – Rudy Davis: Affirm

    – Eric Hovind: Deny
    – Jen Fishburne: Deny
    – Robert Baty: Deny

    (4) KENT HOVIND’S CONTEMPT PROPOSITION

    Paul John Hansen, by his actions which are undisputed,
    did not take further action (subsequent to the 2012 ORDER)
    to file or attempt to file liens, notices, financial statements,
    or claims with the Clerk of the Court for Escambia County,
    and did not attempt in any manner to cloud title on the
    properties in dispute.

    – Kent Hovind: Affirm
    – Robert Baty: Deny

    ———————————————–

  7. Throughout this multi-year fiasco, Hovind has insisted that he’s just a simple man of god, and his problems with the government are persecution because he’s a creationist. We’ve seen Hansen described by his fans as a “Good Samaritan,” who was merely trying to help Hovind. A more proper term might be “accomplice.”

    You’d think those fans would notice that the Bible describes the man who stooped by the side of the road to help — well, basically, mugging victim — as a “Samaritan,” not a “good Samaritan.” The latter term implies that most Samaritans were bad.

    That isn’t what the parable meant at all, Rather, it was a criticism of first-century Jews’ contempt for, and hatred of, the Samaritans, who were themselves descended from Jews who had not been carried away into Babylonian captivity.

  8. Pardon me, I meant to say “the man who stooped by the side of the road to help” the victim. I wrote too fast and submitted too early. Oh, for an edit button. . . .

    [*Voice from above*] Then I would have nothing to do.

  9. He probably stopped to stoop.

  10. Stephen Kennedy

    Hovind is on supervised probation for the next three years which means if he engages in any activities that violate the law he goes straight back to prison. Given Hovind’s stupidity and the criminals he hangs out with it is hard to imagine that he can keep his nose clean for three years.

  11. Hansen is getting what he deserves. While Hovind wasn’t completely blameless in the affair, I can see why the judge basically let him walk.
    Some focus should be on the victim here, and that is the guy that bought Hovind’s property. Turned out to be a nightmare, and when Hansen is sending nasty “this ain’t your property” letters to the guy, and he is acting as an attorney such behavior can’t be condoned or allowed.
    Tend to agree with Stephen Kennedy…Hovind hasn’t learned his lesson, even though his family is begging him to follow the law. I suppose the fact that he is getting the scrutiny of probation might get Hovind in the habit of paying his taxes, stranger things have happened.