10 years for 'Dr. Dino'
Pensacola evangelist Kent Hovind was sentenced Friday afternoon to 10 years in prison on charges of tax fraud.
After a lengthy sentencing hearing that last 5 1/2 hours, U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers ordered Hovind also:
-- Pay $640,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
-- Pay the prosecutionís court costs of $7,078.
-- Serve three years parole once he is released from prison.
Hovindís wife, Jo Hovind, also was scheduled to be sentenced. Rodgers postponed her sentencing until March 1 to allow her defense attorney an opportunity to argue possible discrepancies in sentencing guidelines.
Prior to his sentencing, a tearful Kent Hovind, also known as "Dr. Dino" asked for the courtís leniency.
ďIf itís just money the IRS wants, there are thousands of people out there who will help pay the money they want so I can go back out there and preach,Ē Hovind said.
Hovind, founder of Creation Science Evangelism and Dinosaur Adventure Land in Pensacola, was found guilty in November of 58 federal counts, including failure to pay $845,000 in employee-related taxes. He faced a maximum of 288 years in prison.
Jo Hovind was charged and convicted in 44 of the counts involving evading bank-reporting requirements and faces a maximum of 225 years in prison.
Kent Hovind, who is incarcerated in the Escambia County Jail, will be assigned to a prison by the Bureau of Prisons. Rodgers recommended Kent Hovind be sent to the prison at Saufley Field in Pensacola so he will be close to his family.
It will be up to the Bureau of Prisons, however, to make that determination.
For those of you who haven't followed Hovind, he pretends he has a PhD and goes around America doing seminars and debates proving evolution wrong, usually through incredibly bad pseudoscience and outright lies.
He makes well over a million a year doing it, but he insists he doesn't make any income at all. He employs numerous people at his 'adventure park', but he doesn't pay their taxes either. He threatened numerous IRS agents throughout the course of their investigation, which is one of the reasons why his jail term is so harsh. Science, evolution, and creation: Ali G vs Kent Hovind web page