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Monday, November 06, 2006

Pensacola Evangelist Who Founded Dinosaur Theme Park Convicted of Tax Fraud

PENSACOLA, FL (AP) — An evangelist who founded Pensacola's defunct Dinosaur Adventure Land theme park is behind bars.

Jurors convicted Kent Hovind on 58 counts of tax fraud last night. The founder of Creation Science Evangelism is accused of failing to pay $845,000 in employee taxes at the dinosaur theme park, an amusement park that exposed visitors to Hovind and his followers' view that human and dinosaurs coexisted and that evolution did not occur.

Hovind, who faces a maximum of 288 years in prison, was taken into custody after the jury read its verdict.

Hovind's wife, Jo Hovind, was convicted on 44 of the counts involving evading bank-reporting requirements. She faces up to 225 years in prison but was allowed to remain free pending the couple's sentencing. That is January ninth.

Created: 11/6/2006 10:31:41 AM
Updated: 11/6/2006 10:33:20 AM


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