Archive for November 17th, 2011

A True Bill

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

False Prophet Ronald Weinland made his initial appearance in federal court in Covington, KY today.  His arraignment is scheduled for November 22, next Tuesday, at 4 PM.  At the arraignment, the charges will be formally read and Ronnie will get to enter his plea.  At the arraignment other hearings will probably be scheduled, sentencing if he pleads guilty or other types of hearings if he doesn’t.

The text of the indictment was made available as well, and here it is:

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY

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THE GRAND JURY CHARGES:

INTRODUCTION
1. At all times relevant herein, RONALD E. WEINLAND was a minister of the Church of God -Preparing for the Kingdom of God (COG).
2. At all times relevant herein, COG was a tax exempt organization under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3).

COUNT 1     26 U.S.C. § 7201 On or about April 15, 2005, in Boone County, in the Eastern District of Kentucky, RONALD E. WEINLAND did willfully attempt to evade and defeat the payment of a large part of the income tax and owing by him to the United States of America for the calendar year 2004, in the amount of $28,391.58, by filing a false income tax return, by under reporting his income, and using COG contributions for personal use and not reporting the funds as income on tax return, by failing to file a Report of Foreign Bank regarding an account in by failing to report the existence of that foreign account on the Schedule B of his income tax returns, and by failing to report any of the interest made on the foreign account as income, all in violation of 26 U.S.c. § 7201.

COUNT 2    26 U.S.C. § 7201 On or about April 15, 2006, in Boone County, in the Eastern District of Kentucky, RONALD E. WEINLAND did willfully attempt to evade and defeat the payment of a large part of the income tax due and owing by him to the United States of America for the calendar year 2005, in the amount of $46,116.03, by filing a false income tax return, by under reporting his income, and using COG contributions for personal use and not reporting the funds as income on his tax return, by failing to file a Report of Foreign Bank regarding an account in Switzerland, by failing to report the existence of that foreign account on the Schedule B of his income tax returns, and by failing to report any of the interest made on the foreign account as income, all in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7201.

COUNT 3      26 U.S.C. § 7201 On or about April 15, 2007, in Boone County, in the Eastern District of Kentucky, RONALD E. WEINLAND did willfully attempt to evade and defeat the payment of a large part of the income tax and owing by him to the United States of America for the calendar year 2006, in the amount of $31,157.94, by filing a false income tax return, by under reporting his income, and using COG contributions for personal use and not reporting the funds as income on tax return, by failing to file a Report of Foreign Bank regarding an account in by failing to report the existence of that foreign account on the Schedule B of his income tax returns, and by failing to report any of the interest made on the foreign account as income, all in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7201.

COUNT 4      26 U.S.C. § 7201 On or about April 15, 2008, in Boone County, in the Eastern District of Kentucky, RONALD E. WEINLAND did willfully attempt to evade and defeat the payment of a large part of the income tax due and owing by him to the United States of America for the calendar year 2007, in the amount of $118,375.82, by filing a false income tax return, by under reporting his income, and using COG contributions for personal use and not reporting the funds as income on his tax return, by failing to file a Report of Foreign Bank regarding an account in Switzerland, by failing to report the existence of that foreign account on the Schedule B of his income tax returns, and by failing to report any of the interest made on the foreign account as income, all in violation of 26 U.S.c. § 7201.

COUNT 5      26 U.S.C. § 7201 On or about October 15, 2009, in Boone County, in the Eastern District of Kentucky, RONALD E. WEINLAND did willfully attempt to evade and defeat the payment of a large part of the income tax due and owing by him to the United States of America for the calendar year 2008, in the amount of $133,023.91, by failing to file income tax return, using COG contributions for personal use and not reporting the funds as income on his tax return, by failing to file a Report of Foreign Bank regarding an account in Switzerland, by failing to report the existence of that foreign account on the Schedule B of his income tax returns, and by failing to report any of the interest made on the foreign account as income, all in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7201.

A TRUE BILL
KERRY B. HARVEY
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

PENALTIES
COUNTS 1-5: Not more than 5 years imprisonment, a fine of not more than $250,000 fine, and not more than 3 years supervised release.

PLUS: Mandatory special assessment of $100 per count.

PLUS: Restitution, if applicable.

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——– Text of Order for Summons ————

ORDER FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS
RONALD E. WEINLAND DEFENDANT
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The Court ORDERS that the Motion of the United States for issuance of summons is GRANTED, and Summons shall be ISSUED for the Defendant, Ronald E. Weinland, to APPEAR in United States District Court at Covington, Kentucky, on November 17, 2011, at 9:30 AM and shall DIRECT the Defendant to contact the United States Probation Office in Covington, Kentucky, at telephone number (859) 392-7934, within 48 hours of the receipt of the Summons, excluding weekends, in order to arrange an interview by the United States Probation Office for the purpose of obtaining information pertaining to the pretrial release of the Defendant.

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From the order for summons, it seems that Ronnie hasn’t actually been arrested and required to wear the metal bracelets.  His blog still has travel plans within the US up through January.

It’s also interesting that Ronnie is charged with income tax evasion and to the greatest dollar figure for tax year 2008.  By the summer of 2008, Ronnie knew he was under criminal investigation.  At least he shut down his Swiss bank accounts at the end of 2008 (according to his statements) so he wouldn’t be hit with charges for following tax years. In 2009, Ronnie applied for one filing extension but failed to file on October 15.  But my research indicated that the IRS will grant indefinite filing extensions while under criminal investigation, so I wonder what if any legal advice Ron was getting.  But then you have to wonder what an insane lying false prophet is thinking anyway.