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The Department of Justice has announced new criminal charges against Hunter Biden, the 53-year-old son of President Joe Biden, accusing him of evading $1.4 million in federal taxes.
According to the indictment from the US District Court in the Central District of California, Hunter Biden is charged with three felony and six misdemeanor tax offenses, carrying a potential sentence of up to 17 years in prison. The indictment alleges a four-year pattern of tax evasion from 2016 to 2019, during which Hunter Biden reportedly spent lavishly on personal luxuries instead of fulfilling his tax obligations.
The indictment details Hunter Biden’s extravagant expenditures, including drugs, escorts, luxury hotels, high-end vehicles, and over $70,000 on drug rehabilitation alone. In response, Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, criticized the charges, stating that his client had already repaid his taxes in full. Lowell also accused Special Counsel David Weiss, who is leading the investigation, of political bias and succumbing to Republican pressure, suggesting the charges would not have been brought if Hunter Biden had a different last name.
This comes as Hunter Biden’s legal troubles extend beyond tax evasion, with income sources such as his board position on Burisma, a Ukrainian industrial conglomerate, and a Chinese private equity fund under scrutiny. The indictment indicates that from 2016 to October 2020, Hunter Biden received over $7 million in gross income, including substantial earnings from his role at Burisma. His association with Burisma has long been a target of Republican criticism, alleging misuse of his family name for financial gain.
In October, Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to separate charges in Delaware related to lying about drug use while purchasing a handgun. Special Counsel Weiss, appointed by former President Donald Trump and later assigned by Attorney General Merrick Garland, brought these charges following the collapse of a proposed plea deal in Delaware. US District Judge Maryellen Noreika had rejected this plea deal over legal concerns and the extent of offered immunity.
The White House has declined to comment on the case.