Dr. Dino arrested for unpaid taxes

If Kent "Dr. Dino" Hovind is sitting on the evidence that proves Jesus is not the son of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, BoingBoing's offer still stands. Lord knows he needs the cash. He's been indicted by the federal government, with charges he paid employees in cash as "missionaries" so that he could avoid tax obligations. Of course, he could always sell off Dinosaur Adventure Land, his creationist-themed funpark — "Where Dinosaurs Meet God." Snip:

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.

"The debtor apparently maintains that as a minister of God, everything he owns belongs to God and he is not subject to paying taxes to the United States on money he receives for doing God's work," U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Lewis Killian Jr. wrote when he dismissed a claim from Hovind in 1996.

Hovind, an avowed creationist, has widely publicized his "standing offer" to pay $250,000 to anyone who can provide scientific evidence of evolution. "No one has ever observed a dog produce a non-dog," Hovind once wrote in reply to a New York Times article.

Link (thanks, Rusty)

Reader comment:

Damon says,

Glen Stoll is Dr. Dino's lawyer. Thing is Stoll isn't a lawyer at all but a tax fraud promoter. He just got banned from doing business in Washington state on July the Sixth of this year. This is typically a first step before charges get filed. It looks like Dr. Dino may have a cell mate. Link

LC says,

Kent Hovind was hilariously skewered some years back on Da Ali G Show. "Was it you? The floater?" Link

Dsamsil says,

I see you covered the news on Dr. Dino's arrest. You may also want to add in his past legal troubles with the courts including his spate that nearly got him arrested for assault and battery. Turns out quite a number of his church including his family members have criminal convictions. Link 1, Link 2.

This is from the Southern Poverty Law Center on a 2001 report on Mr. Hovind — selling Neo-Nazi literature as part of his spiel to conservative churches. Also he has a lot of wacky conspiracy crap that should really be brought up for example his future predications that over a 1 billion people would be killed by the New World Order and that the UN attacked the Branch Davidian compound due to gun control issues.

This is a more recent article on his theme park. This link has the court transcript where he falsely declared bankruptcy and said he wasn't a citizen of the United States.

Due to Mr. Hovind's history the trial should be really interesting to watch when he gets cross examined. Much like the Dover trial it should really embarrass the anti-evolutionary movement. Kent should really not try to lie to the Judge because his past behavior and a good prosecutor really make him his own worst enemy. Judges do not like to be lied to as evidenced by Judge Jone's ruling.