More details on Hovind’s arrest are found in today’s Pensacola News Journal. I especially love this part:
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.
At the couple’s first court appearance Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Miles Davis, Kent Hovind professed not to understand why he is being prosecuted. Some 20 supporters were in the courtroom.
“I still don’t understand what I’m being charged for and who is charging me,” he said.
Kent Hovind, who often calls himself “Dr. Dino,” has been sparring with the IRS for at least 17 years on his claims that he is employed by God, receives no income, has no expenses and owns no property.
Hovind knows very well what he’s being charged for and who is charging him. He’s been keeping up this charade for well over a decade now and he can’t be so delusional as to think that it wouldn’t eventually catch up with him. And he not only refuses to pay taxes himself, he also refuses to take any withholding tax from his employees:
In the indictment unsealed Thursday, a grand jury alleges that Kent Hovind failed to pay $473,818 in federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes on employees at his Creation Science Evangelism/Ministry between March 31, 2001, and Jan. 31, 2004…
The indictment alleges Kent Hovind paid his employees in cash and labeled them “missionaries” to avoid payroll tax and FICA requirements.
Now I’m no fan of the IRS, an agency I would just as soon didn’t exist. But the law is the law and Hovind has been flagrantly violating it for a very long time. The fact that he thinks, or claims to think, that he doesn’t really have to pay taxes doesn’t budge reality any more than his belief that the world is 6000 years old makes it so.