Deconstruction of PRWeb Press Release

PRWeb didn’t let Rudy get away with his usual attacks on Judge Rodgers, so this press release is a bit toned down. It’s mostly opinion, but there are a few “facts” here that need additional explanation and deconstruction.

Grassroots Campaign Brings Awareness to Plight of Imprisoned Baptist Minister Kent Hovind

This press release is being issued by a growing grassroots campaign, including Mr. Ernie Land and Mr. Rudy Davis, to raise awareness about the plight of Dr. Kent Hovind. Dr. Kent Hovind has been in prison for eight years and is now facing possible life imprisonment on new charges.

Pensacola, FL (PRWEB) February 05, 2015

Dr. Kent Hovind, imprisoned Baptist Minister and world-renowned Creation Science Evangelist, is scheduled for trial on March 2, 2015, facing new charges of alleged mail fraud. The case number is #3:14-cr-91/MCR and the court of record is the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida Pensacola Division. This case accuses Hovind of intent to defraud the United States through a Claim of Lien Affidavit of Obligation with attachments and four Memoranda of Lis Pendens.

This case is actually an outgrowth of the 2006 cases U.S. v. Kent Hovind, U.S. v. Jo Hovind. (Document repository here.)  On November 2, 2006, Kent Hovind was found guilty of 12 counts of tax evasion, 45 counts of structuring (also known as “smurfing”) and one count of obstructing the IRS. As part of his sentence, Hovind was found liable for $604,874.87 in employment taxes for the tax evasion counts and forfeited $430,400 for the structuring.

It became clear that the Hovinds did not have the cash to pay the $430,400 forfeiture, so the U.S. government asked for an order to seize real property owned by the Hovinds (as detailed in the U.S.’s motion for summary judgment dated 10/31/2008). Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued the requested order on July 29, 2009 allowing the U.S. to seize 11 properties owned by the Hovinds (either directly or via “trusts” set up by Glen Stoll, as detailed in that order) and sell them to make up the $430,400 forfeiture.  Judge Rodgers noted that the value of the land forfeited exceeded the amount owed by the Hovinds, and also ordered that the land be sold piecemeal only up to the amount owed, and then the rest should be returned to the Hovinds.

Thus, eleven properties were forfeited to the government. At that point, Kent Hovind and his friends (including Paul John Hansen, the other defendant in the current case) began filing liens against the properties in the records of the Escambia County Clerk in order to cloud the title and prevent the sale of the properties. As a result, the government sought and received an order on June 28, 2012, enjoining Creation Science Evangelism and the trusts which had owned the properties forfeited from filing liens on the property:

3. Defendants are hereby permanently enjoined from interfering with the rights of the United States of America in and to the property described above in any manner including fling or attempting to file liens, claims or other encumbrances in any manner whatsoever without a prior order of this court. Defendants are also enjoined from filing or attempting to file, directly or through the services of others, new notices of lien, indebtedness, claims or purported liens, of whatever nature, with the Clerk of Court in and for Escambia County, Florida, on any property forfeited to the United States.

Despite this order, Kent Hovind caused lis pendens to be filed against four properties on May 29, 2013.  At the time, Hovind was incarcerated in New Hampshire and presumably the lis pendens were transmitted to someone else, who filed them with the Escambia County Clerk. On October 2, 2013, Judge Rodgers issued an order that the lis pendens were to be dissolved and her order was to be appended to the properties in the county records.  Additionally, the government was ordered to show cause as to why Hovind should not be held liable for criminal or civil contempt.  This is the basis of the current action, which was changed from a criminal contempt case to the current charges of mail fraud. (I-Dee Holmes-presume this is due to the involvement of Paul John Hansen in the alleged crimes, but that has not yet been proven.)

Dr. Hovind, age 62, is known by thousands of fans as “Dr. Dino” due to his passion for dinosaurs. He is the husband of Jo Hovind, father of three, and a grandfather. If convicted, his sentence could range from 20 to 100 years. At the news of the new charges and upcoming trial, longtime Hovind supporters have begun a campaign to enlist the help of congressmen to investigate Hovind’s case and to increase public awareness of the new charges being brought against a man who has taken a vow of poverty.

As noted above, Hovind was found to have constructive ownership of eleven properties which were forfeited to the U.S. government. Hovind attempted to obscure the ownership of those properties by placing them within trusts, but the court saw those as sham attempts to get around the forfeiture. Moreover, Hovind’s operations (Creation Science Evangelism and Dinosaur Adventure Land) took in over $1.5 million a year at their height per testimony at the 2006 trial and Hovind had effective control of these funds, again, despite the fact that he tried to obscure this via the use of trusts sold to him by Glen Stoll. (Stoll was enjoined in 2005 from selling his “ministerial trust” packages.)

Supporters of Hovind include Rudy Davis, who urges people to “pray, watch Hovind’s videos on YouTube, get educated about the case, sign the petition, donateto and support the Free Kent Hovind movement, and write to Hovind in prison.”

Potential supporters should also investigate thoroughly the information contained on this website, which will disabuse some notions being spread by the Kent Hovind Fan Club.

Information regarding the campaign can be found at,http://www.FreeKentHovind.com.

In January of 2007, Hovind was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly violating RICO statute and IRS employer tax laws (Case # 3:06-cr-00083-MCR-2 USA v. HOVIND et al; Court of Record in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida Pensacola Division).

As noted above, Kent Hovind was convicted of 12 counts of tax evasion, 45 counts of structuring and one count of obstructing the IRS.  No RICO charges were returned by the grand jury and Kent Hovind was found guilty of all the charges for which he was indicted on November 2, 2006.  I (Dee Holmes) can only say that this is an expansion of the Kent Hovind Legendarium by throwing in a non-existent RICO charge.

In Kent’s sentencing trial transcript from January 19, 2007, Kent stated “Our ministry has been demonized through the media.”

Interestingly, up until January 19, 2015, the only copy of the transcript of Hovind’s sentencing was a redacted copy which only included testimonials from Kent’s son Eric, a couple other people, and Kent’s own allocution/defense. Consequently, for many years, people received a very one-sided presentation of what happened at the sentencing. I (Dee Holmes) put out a request for the complete trial transcript, received it and made it available.  Interestingly, after the complete transcript became available for anyone to view, Hovind’s followers, including Rudy Davis, really amped up the volume on a longstanding accusation that Judge Rodgers had called Hovind’s crimes “worse than rape” (which does not exist in the complete transcript.

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Contact: Rudy Davis
972-839-9848
ruddavis(At)yahoo(Dot)com

For further information:

Dee Holmes
mirele at sonic dot net