The Week in Tax Crime

While I scampered about on my recent trip, plenty of tax crooks were being led away. Here’s the weekly update:

As reported last week, bad news is piling up for Kent Hovind. After his defeat in Tax Court, he found himself behind bars—he was arrested and charged with 58 charges, including tax evasion. His wife was indicted on 44 charges. Their indictment is set for Monday. (News story here.)

A Memphis man has been convicted of failing to file tax returns and tax evasion charges. Billy Severence didn’t file his 1990 – 1993 taxes. For 1991 through 1993, he was convicted on felony tax evasion charges. Severence could face 19 years in prison, though a sentence of 3 to 5 years is more likely. (News Story here.)

James Hubb, who faced eight years in prison for his tax fraud conviction, was sentenced to 18 months and fined $10,000. He must also make restitution and pay back taxes. Hubb paid personal expenses from his business, and did not accurately report the transactions on his tax returns. We reported on Hubb’s conviction here. You can read about Hubb’s sentencing here.

Thankfully, the tax crime blog was fairly light this week. And that’s a good thing.


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