Yup, he stinks pretty bad.
He’s sitting in federal prison because he was convicted of 12 counts of failing to file quarterly payroll tax returns and 45 counts of (cash) structuring. Plus obstructing tax laws. He owes 400+K of federal taxes of various types.
Those are facts. Doesn’t matter whether anything passes any “smell test” or not.
His upcoming trial has to do with trying to interfere with the collection of what he owes.
Most people understand the first rule of holes — when you’re in one, stop digging.
Hovind, apparently not being very bright, doesn’t seem to grasp that simple concept.
After being whacked with 10 years, he then proceeds to cause stuff to be filed which might cloud the title on nine properties that are in the process of being seized to pay his tax debts, in direct violation of a court order not to do any such thing.
That’s called mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, not to mention criminal contempt of court. More federal felonies.
Which is why he will probably spend many more years in prison.
In fact, the federal sentencing guidelines suggest that, if convicted on this batch of charges, the additional time to be served could be as much as 30 years. Not to mention that the feds probably haven’t exhausted the stack of stuff he could be criminally charged with. At the rate he’s digging his hole, he might be lucky to get out of prison while he’s still alive.
See? It’s not at all hard to comment when you know a few facts about the topic at hand.