Hunter had nine charges brought against him by the prosecutor David Weiss, which include failure to pay taxes from 2016 through 2019.
Hunter Biden Charged In Federal Tax Case
The new criminal case filed against the First Son indicted him on nine counts of criminal charges which include failure to file and pay taxes; evasion of assessment; and false or fraudulent tax return.
According to the filing, the controversial businessman reportedly “engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4m in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019.” Hunter also allegedly received “more than $7 million in total gross income” between 2016 and mid-2020.
However, he refused to pay his taxes for 2016 to 2019 on time despite having access to the funds. According to CNN, repeatedly missed IRS deadlines to pay his federal taxes, resulting in owing about $2 million.
When he eventually paid it, he borrowed the money from a friend, seemingly insinuating that he didn’t have the funds available. The indictment comes five months after the 53-year-old had a close call with signing a plea deal and putting the matter behind him.
Hunter Biden reportedly agreed to plead guilty to two tax misdemeanors, and prosecutors would recommend no jail time. However, his hope was shattered when the federal judge on the case received scrutiny and there was disagreement over the fine print.
It remains unsure how Hunter’s indictment will affect his father Joe Biden, who wants to run for a second term and stay in the White House for another four years. Nevertheless, the President of the United States has largely denied having any involvement with his son’s overseas business dealings.
This is not Hunter’s first criminal case as he is already facing federal firearm charges in Delaware.
Hunter Biden Indicted On Gun Charges
Back in September, the private equity fund investor made headlines when he was formally indicted in a Delaware federal court on three counts of gun charges.
Per reports, the charges stemmed from Biden’s alleged use of a gun while he had been under the influence of narcotics. Two of those counts are in reference to the President’s son reportedly completing a form indicating he had not been using illegal drugs while he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver back in the Fall of 2018. The third count alleged he possessed a firearm while on a narcotic.
The court document read that the former lobbyist “certified on a federally mandated form he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance, when in fact, as he knew, that statement was false and fictitious.”
Two of the counts carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, while the third has a maximum of five years. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.
Hunter’s attorney slammed the charges as “unwarranted” via a statement that read, “We believe these charges are barred by the agreement the prosecutors made with Mr. Biden, the recent rulings by several federal courts that this statute is unconstitutional, and the facts that he did not violate that law, and we plan to demonstrate all of that in court.”