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.
As WND reported, Hovind was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January 2007
after he was convicted of 12 tax offenses, one count of obstructing federal
agents and 45 counts of structuring cash transactions.
Hovind contends the original charges were based largely on the Internal
Revenue Service’s misinterpretation of his tax obligations as a minister of
the gospel who had taken a vow of poverty and, therefore, owed no income
tax. He and his wife, Jo Hovind, who spent one year in federal prison, paid
employees in cash without filing payroll tax returns, designating them as
“missionaries.” Although Kent Hovind, an avid blogger, has made statements
challenging the authority of the federal government to collect income
taxes, he has insisted he has never been “anti-tax or a tax protester,” has
advocated obeying the government and “always paid every tax I owe.”
The new indictment also names his current chief legal adviser, John Paul
Hansen of Omaha, Nebraska, as a defendant. Hansen has declared himself a
“free inhabitant” or “sovereign citizen” who does not recognize U.S.
sovereignty. He pays no income or property tax and drives a car without
owning a driver’s license….