This post was originally published on Forbes Jul 11, 2015
Today is the day of Kent Hovind's homecoming celebration. On Wednesday Doctor Dino commenced a period of home confinement to finish off the prison portion of the sentence for his 2006 conviction. Somewhat ironically, Janet Novack writes today about the Seventh Circuit upholding the sentence of Beanie Baby's Ty Warner who hid millions of income in a Swiss bank account. Warner was sentenced to zero prison time even though the guidelines called for around four years.
Hovind was convicted in 2006 of structuring – that is, systematically withdrawing just under $10,000 from the bank to avoid currency reporting – and failing to file payroll returns for his employees, but he presents himself as a victim of an IRS attempt to silence his creationist views.
However, online videos and court records indicate Hovind is a tax protester who has engages in a variety of schemes cooked up by the sovereign citizen movement.
He claims in one online video that he had not filed an individual income tax return for 28 years and argues that most Americans are not obligated to pay income taxes.