Criminal Trial News Day 1
Jim Hannah of the Cincinnati Enquirer has written a nice summary of the first day of False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s trial for criminal tax evasion. The opposing sides made their opening statements.
The article appears in the Northern Kentucky edition of the paper. Read the full article at the Cincinnati Enquirer website. Some highlights:
- The prosecutor made a statement that agreed with statements that I’ve made, that Ron could get away with putting all tithe money into his pocket so long as he paid the income taxes on it.
- Seems the tax loss has been revised to $244,000, down from $357,000
- Weinland’s attorney mentioned that Ron told his followers about setting up the Swiss accounts
- Laura’s diamonds and the gold were mentioned
- Seems the church was paying for utilities on Ron and Laura’s mansion on the golf course. According to statements, the basement was used for shipping Ron’s books, and the church office is a single room. Seems to me that there was a facility in an industrial park for book shipments at one time.
- Ron used church funds to pay the utilities and mortgage and a security system for Audra’s condominium, and to buy Jeremy a car and ship it to Germany after having paid his college tuition. But these were just perks for the work the kids did for the church.
- Despite the pre-trial motions to limit discussion of religious views, Ron’s attorney mentioned them including his end-time views several times.
Also, it’s interesting that Ron has posted a travel schedule on his blog, out of town every weekend beginning June 23 through the end of July.