Sit down. Make sure you’re in a place where guffaws won’t disrupt the scene…although, actually, the amount of money this guy was raking in with his scam might mute the laughter a bit. Here’s more information on Hovind’s arrest.
A Pensacola evangelist who owns the defunct Dinosaur Adventure Land in Pensacola was arrested Thursday on 58 federal charges, including failing to pay $473,818 in employee-related taxes and making threats against investigators.
“Defunct.” Such a sweet, sweet word when applied to Dr Dino’s Plywood Cutout Adventure land.
Of the 58 charges, 44 were filed against Kent Hovind and his wife, Jo, for evading bank reporting requirements as they withdrew $430,500 from AmSouth Bank between July 20, 2001, and Aug. 9, 2002.
They also made the withdrawals in sums under $10K a pop, to avoid federal requirements for reporting suspiciously large withdrawals. Still…over $400K/year in mad money isn’t anything to sneeze at. The creationism racket pays.
Religious fraud is a pretty easy scam, too.
The indictment alleges Kent Hovind paid his employees in cash and labeled them “missionaries” to avoid payroll tax and FICA requirements.
So the judge is taking away his money? What about his guns?
Over Kent Hovind’s protests, the judge took away his passport and guns Hovind claimed belonged to his church.
No money, no guns (what does a church need with guns, anyway)…what about his lawyer, Glen Stoll?
Last year, the U.S. attorney in Seattle filed a lawsuit against Stoll, charging him with encouraging people to avoid tax payments by claiming to be religious entities, according to news reports.
Whoopsies. Things aren’t looking happy for Dr Dino.