- The Department of Justice has filed new criminal charges against U.S. President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter
- The scandal-hit first son already faces a weapons charge in Delaware
- Special Counsel David Weiss has been using a federal grand jury in Los Angeles to gather testimony and evidence on possible criminal tax charges
The Department of Justice has filed new criminal charges against U.S. President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, CNN reported on Thursday.
Nine charges were filed against the president’s son in California on Thursday.
All nine charges relate to tax, including four failure to pay charges, two felony charges for filing a false return, a felony charge for tax evasion and a further two charges for failure to file.
The charges span the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 tax years.
‘The Defendant engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019,’ the indictment states.
It also alleges Hunter attempted ‘to evade the assessment of taxes for tax year 2018 when he filed false returns in or about February 2020.’
Special Counsel David Weiss has been investigating whether the younger Biden can be charged for tax law violations.
Hunter Biden in October pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied about his drug use while buying a handgun, in the first criminal prosecution of a sitting U.S. president’s child.
Weiss brought those charges against Hunter Biden after an earlier proposed plea deal unraveled under questioning from a judge.
Earlier this week an IRS whistleblower claimed Hunter received a staggering $4.9 million from his ‘sugar brother’ Kevin Morris who helped him settle his tax bill.
Lawyer Kevin Morris allegedly loaned the president’s son millions of dollars after the pair met at a campaign fundraiser in December 2019.
IRS agent Joseph Ziegler declared the shocking figure with additional documentation on Tuesday with the House Ways & Means Committee as Hunter faces two charges of tax evasion.
Morris, a Hollywood lawyer who made a fortune from a South Park TV deal, was dubbed Hunter’s ‘sugar brother’ after he reportedly paid off up to $2.8 million of the First Son’s tax bill in an attempt to placate prosecutors.
The new figures alleged by Ziegler are a substantial increase on previous reports.
It comes as House Republicans near an expected vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry into President Biden for his alleged role in Hunter’s foreign dealings.
Ziegler, who investigated Hunter’s taxes for five years before he was removed from the case this year, provided legislators with further documents including an email on Tuesday dating to February 2020.
Hunter Biden Indicted On 9 Tax-Related Charges In California
Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, is facing new criminal charges, according to a criminal indictment in the Central District of California.
A federal grand jury in California indicted Hunter Biden on nine counts related to his alleged failure to pay over $1 million worth of taxes over a four year period. The younger Biden hauled in more than $7 million in total gross income from foreign business dealings involving Ukrainian, Romanian and Chinese entities, the indictment lays out.
“At times relevant to this Indictment, the Defendant served on the board of a Ukrainian industrial conglomerate and a Chinese private equity fund. He negotiated and executed contracts and agreements for business and legal services that paid millions of dollars of compensation to him and/or his domestic corporations, Owasco, PC and Owasco, LLC,” the indictment reads.
“The Defendant engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019, from in or about January 2017 through in or about October 15, 2020, and to evade the assessment of taxes for tax year 2018 when he filed false returns in or about February 2020,” the indictment adds.
Hunter Biden is being charged with three felonies and six misdemeanors including failure to pay taxes and failure to file taxes. The indictment proceeds to lay out Hunter Biden’s business dealings with Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings, Chinese infrastructure company CEFC and a Romanian oligarch previously thought to be Gabriel Popoviciu.
The evidence contained in the indictment related to Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings was previously disclosed by House Oversight Committee lawmakers and IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler. Bank records released by the Oversight Committee beginning in March show the payments to Hunter Biden and his business associates from foreign entities exceeded $24 million.