In a significant legal development, Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, faced a series of serious felony charges on a recent Thursday evening. These charges are a result of an extensive federal inquiry focusing on his financial dealings, specifically his tax-related activities.
According to a report from CNN, Hunter Biden is confronting nine separate charges. These include accusations of not filing or paying taxes, evading tax assessments, and submitting false or fraudulent tax returns. A federal grand jury in Los Angeles, convened by Special Counsel David Weiss, has been examining evidence related to these alleged tax violations.
Court documents reveal that prosecutors accuse Hunter Biden of engaging in a deliberate plan spanning four years, aimed at avoiding payment of at least $1.4 million in federal taxes that he owed for the years 2016 to 2019. Despite having sufficient funds, he allegedly chose not to settle these tax debts.
The prosecutors’ statements indicate that during this period, Hunter Biden amassed over $7 million. This sum includes payments received from various sources, notably Burisma and CEFC China Energy. They allege that rather than addressing his tax obligations, he spent the money extravagantly on a range of personal indulgences, such as drugs, escorts, high-end hotels, luxury rental properties, exotic vehicles, designer clothing, and other personal items.
Additionally, Hunter Biden was indicted on federal gun charges in September following a breakdown in plea deal negotiations between his legal representatives and the prosecutors. The initial plea agreement, which collapsed in August, came under scrutiny by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika, who raised concerns about the extent of immunity offered to Hunter under the deal. The gun charges are related to false statements Hunter Biden made on a federal firearm purchase application in October 2018. In these statements, he claimed to be free of drug use, despite later admitting in his memoir to being addicted to crack cocaine at that time.