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Let’s Go To Prison

Friday, February 1st, 2013

——-Update Feb 2, 2013——————-
The Bureau of Prisons updated their website confirming Ron is in custody in Terre Haute. Today is the first of many Groundhog days for Ron.
— Now back to the original posting of Feb 1 ————–

False Prophet Ronald Weinland is heading off to self-report to prison today before 2 PM EST, less than 7 hours from now.  Here’s a little road music for him:

Ron, here are the directions to prison. Go to Indianapolis, then head west on I-70. In Terre Haute, take the US-41 exit and head south on US-41 about 1/2 mile. A right turn at Springhill takes you to the Terre Haute FCC in about 2 miles. But instead of making that turn immediately, continue south on US-41 a couple of blocks and then make a left-hand turn into the shopping center on the east side of US-41. The shopping center hosts the closest Starbucks to prison. Drink it slowly and savor it well.  The memory will have to be your spiritual Starbucks coffee because the next literal physical one is over 3 years away.

Club Fed

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

During Saturday’s sermon, False Prophet Ronald Weinland described the imprisonment facility he reports to in less than 55 hours as having a maximum and medium security units but that he would be in the minimum security satellite facility.  Looking over the list of facilities operated by the Bureau of Prisons, it is likely that Ron will be at the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex which operates units with those three different levels of security.

Terre Haute is a 203-mile drive for Laura on the allowed days for visitors of Friday, Saturday, or Sunday plus federal holidays.  She can leave her expensive panties at home because conjugal visits are not allowed in federal prison.  The only visitors are immediate family and up to 10 individuals Ron can list (if not disapproved for some reason).  Ron is allowed 7 visits each month and no more than 5 visitors at each visit.  Visitors are not allowed to wear lime green clothes because that will be the color for Ron’s sackcloth of humility during his stay at Terre Haute FCC.

Although specific details for the Terre Haute Federal Prison Camp are not available, I expect that they are similar to those for a similar facility.  At that facility, prisoners are awakened at 6 AM.  After eating breakfast by 6:30, they are to report to work at the prison factory at 7:30 AM.  Lunch is served from 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM, and dinner is after the 4 PM count is completed.  The prisoners are counted 5 times daily: 12 midnight, 3 AM, 5 AM, 4 PM and 10 PM, and additionally at 10 AM on weekends and holidays.  The 4 PM and 10 PM counts are “standup” during which the prisoners must stand in their cells.

Telephone access is allowed up to 300 minutes per month with each call lasting no more than 15 minutes and only 30 different telephone number per inmate are allowed.  So Ron will not be delivering his sermon from his cell each week.  The inmate is allowed to receive first class mail distributed on weekdays only.

Ron’s accommodations will be a step down from his house on the golf course.  While they probably won’t look exactly like those at the other facility, I expect they will be just as Spartan.

A watch and a radio are allowed, but the values are not to exceed $50 and must be purchased from the commissary.  The radios are specially built for prisons with clear cases so that they can’t be used to hide contraband.  Receipts must be kept to prove ownership.  Headphones must be used when listening to the radio.  These items must be inscribed with the inmates name and are not allowed to be in the possession of other inmates.  All personal property must be purchased from the commissary or otherwise approved or it will be treated as contraband and confiscated.  The inmate is allowed to have a bible, a dictionary, and 10 books, and up to 6 magazines

The inmate is allowed to spend up to $320 monthly in the commissary from a limited selection of items.  The commissary is available for shopping one day each week.  Possession of cash is not allowed, funds are held in a lockbox account by the BoP.  Prisoners are paid for working but not much.  The prisoner’s account may be tapped for payment of unpaid fines.  Also, the prisoner may be assessed a fee for the cost of his incarceration.  Special religious diet items (Kosher/Halal) are paid for by the prisoner.

Since Ron is reporting to prison on a Friday afternoon, he won’t have an opportunity to visit the commissary to buy a radio until next week, and then only after he’s managed to fund his prison account. (Prisoners are not allowed to establish their account before beginning their sentence.)  It appears that they will let him have his bible, I suggest that he use the time to read the last few verses of Revelation and ponder their meaning.

Finish the Work

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

False Prophet Ronald Weinland delayed today’s sermon for a wreck on southbound I-75.  His local flunkie Steve Dalrymple gave the opening prayer.  He has not previously mentioned his conviction and prison sentence, but at the beginning of the sermon he ended that.  He will be going to a minimum security prison with a limited visiting schedule which will be overseen by Laura.

The sermon is in process.  He is revisiting the Tomorrow’s World article written by Herbert Armstrong early of 1972 when the Great Tribulation didn’t begin.  More later, probably tomorrow.  I do have a life.

Continuing on after listening to describe what Ron stated was possibly his last sermon before Christ returns.  Which I doubt — I expect that Ron will resume weekly deliveries of his nonsense when he is released from prison in February of 2016.

Ron spent most of the sermon reading from Herbert Armstrong’s personal published in the Tomorrows World 1972 (Vol IV No 02) Feb.  HWA wrote that personal after the non-start of the Great Tribulation leading to the non-return of Christ on the Feast of Trumpets in 1975.  Ron previously spent a good deal of time reading that personal in February of 2009 after the non-start of the Great Tribulation leading to the non-return of Christ on Pentecost of 2012.

This time, Ron emphasized the 19-year-time-cyle aspect, which was significant during HWA’s days.  As in 19 years from HWA’s startup in the 1930’s before going on a radio station in Europe, it was 19 years from Ron’s ordination in 1982 to 2001 when he began significantly traveling overseas.  But Ron’s first trip overseas as leader of his own CoG was in November of 1999.  Maybe Ron will recycle the 19 year thing.  When Christ doesn’t return this coming Pentecost, it will be 19 years after God’s church was reformed on Pentecost of 1998.  Ron should be out of prison on Pentecost of 2017, unless he gets whacked as a repeat offender for his taxes in the years after the 2004-2008 period for which he was convicted.  Or maybe it will be Pentecost of 2020, two 19-year time cycles after Ron was ordained.

Ron put out a call for PKG members to pick a day during the remaining before he reports to prison on which to fast.  He didn’t ask them to pray in regards his legal situation.  I think the reason for the fast is cement his remained members so they’ll be around when he gets out of prison.

Ron compared his legal situation to what Jesus Christ faced at his crucifixion, not that it was as severe but still giving him added insight.  My publication of the facts from Ron’s trial seems to be having some effects on his following.  And potential following, he mentioned someone even at this late date considering Ron but holding back and asking questions as to why he didn’t pay his taxes.  Ron stated that he did.  Uh-huh.

Ron repeated his policy that like HWA he would dignify the description of his misdeeds with an answer.  And then a few minutes later he did exactly that.  He stated that he would not be going to prison except for two factors

  1. His Swiss bank account
  2. Laura’s travel expenses

Of which the first was really the only factor.  To which I respond “Baloney”.  Regarding the Swiss bank account, the IRS didn’t find out about it until after deciding to open the investigation after being notified by Ron’s own bank of the large sums of money being transferred from church accounts to personal accounts.  I read the court filings and attended the sentencing hearing, and the Swiss bank account itself was not a factor in his sentencing as the court did not find it as a “sophisticated means” factor in his crime.  Regarding both the Swiss bank account and Laura’s travel expenses, that did not add up to the total amount of his criminal tax evasion.  As acknowledged in a court filing by Ron’s own talented legal defense team, which included the following discussion of those points:

The government’s revised tax loss number is $245,176. Section 2T1.1 and Section 2T4.1
provide a base offense level of 18 for a tax loss amount that is more than $200,000, but less than $400,000. However, as discussed above, the government failed to exclude certain amounts from its determination of gross income. These exclusions from gross income consist of approximately $290,000 in church funds that Mr. Weinland transferred into the foreign accounts on behalf of the church and approximately $95,000 in airfare costs for Mrs. Weinland to visit and counsel with church members around the world. Together, these items total approximately $385,000. It is estimated that this reduction in gross income would reduce the tax loss by approximately $107,800 ($385,000 x 28%).
Under Section 2T1.1 and Section 2T4.1, a revised tax loss number of $137,376 provides a base offense level of 16 for a tax loss amount that is more than $80,000, but less than $200,000.

Before Ron’s sentencing, I myself argued that these factors should not be considered in his sentencing.  Amazing, from someone Ron accuses as publishing lies about him.  But as all this describes, Ron still had significant criminal tax activity, not paying the taxes on his spending spree to support his extravagant lifestyle which includes 3 BMWs for his family, deep tissue massages on cruises, and $1700 suits from Nordstroms.

The only lies here are the ones that Ron tells.  Such as

  • his lie in a December of 2007 sermon and other radio interviews that he would not revise his prophecies when they failed
  • his lie in his March of 2008 “If by Pentecost” declaration that he would acknowledge being a false prophet and stop preaching by the summer of that year if certain things didn’t happen
  • his repeated lie that Joseph Tkach died 40 weeks later to the very hour after giving his December 17, 1994 sermon in Atlanta.
  • his lie on Audra’s marriage certificate, claiming the ceremony was performed on Union Kentucky on a certain date when everyone involved was in Germany
  • his lies on the witness stand at his trial, claiming a non-existent church scholarship fund to explain the payments for his son’s college education
  • and now the latest lies to his own members about his criminal tax activity

Ron, you are a liar, liar, liar.  I hope during the next three years you learn some genuine humility and truly come to recognize how despicable you are.

Happy Groundhogs Day?

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Yesterday, Ron’s expensive attorneys paid for by the church filed the following:

Defendant Ronald E. Weinland, through undersigned counsel, hereby respectfully requests that the Court continue the Defendant’s current date to self-surrender to an institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons for at least an additional thirty (30) days. In support of this motion to continue, the Defendant represents to the Court as follows:
1. On November 15, 2012, the Court ordered that the Defendant shall voluntarily surrender on January 2, 2013, before 2 p.m., at the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons for service of his sentence.
2. At this time, the Bureau of Prisons has not designated an institution for the Defendant to serve his sentence.
3. Representatives of the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Probation Office have indicated that the delay in the Defendant’s designation is related to concerns regarding the Defendant’s prior medical issues and that it is unlikely that the Bureau of Prisons will make a designation prior to January 2, 2013.
4. Because of the Bureau of Prison’s delay in designating a specific institution for the Defendant, the Defendant is unable to comply with the Court’s Order dated November 15, 2012.
5. It is believed that a thirty (30) day extension to the Defendant’s voluntary surrender date would provide the Bureau of Prisons sufficient time to designate a specific institution at which the Defendant can begin serving his sentence.

For the foregoing reasons, the Defendant respectfully requests the Court to enter an order
continuing the current voluntary surrender date of January 2, 2013 to on or after February 1, 2012 so that the Bureau of Prisons has sufficient time to designate an institution for the Defendant.

Today, the court issued the following order:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
NORTHERN DIVISION
(at Covington)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff,
V.
RONALD E. WEINLAND,
Defendant.
)))))))))
Criminal Action No. 2: 11-70-DCR
ORDER
*** *** *** ***
Defendant Ronald Weinland was sentenced on November 14, 2012. However, based on representations of counsel, it does not appear that the Bureau of Prisons has made a designation of service as of this date. As a result, the defendant has moved the Court to continue his voluntary surrender date which was originally scheduled for January 2, 2013. Being sufficiently advised, and in light of the exigencies presented, it is hereby
ORDERED as follows:
1. The defendant’s motion to continue his voluntary surrender date [Record No. 113]
is GRANTED.
2. The defendant’s date for voluntary surrender to the Bureau of Prisons is EXTENDED and CONTINUED to February 1, 2013, prior to 2:00 p.m., at the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons.
3. The Clerk of the Court is directed to provide copies of this Order to counsel of record, the United States Probation Office, and the United States Marshal. The United States Marshal shall provide the Bureau of Prisons with a copy of this Order.

This 28th day of December, 2012.
/s/ Danny C Reeves, United States District Judge

Sorry, Randy.

Merry Christmas, Randy

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Here’s what should appear on False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s now non-existent “Upcoming Trips” page, which came down after he was judged by a jury of his peers. (The term “peers” seems rather pejorative.)

15344-032

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

False Prophet Ronald Weinland is into numbers and setting dates.  But this time, the number is given to him and he will not be the one to set the dates.

The number in the title is the register number assigned to him by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Once he self-reports to prison on January 2 and is in their custody, they, not Ron, will compute his prophesied projected date of release.  Probably sometime mid-January of 2016. Also, by then they would have set the location at which God will have to place his name for Weinland’s attendance at the next 3 sets of holy days.  Unless they decide to transfer him to another facility.

Ron has not announced his conviction and sentencing in any sermon. Some members are aware of it, at least the 169 members who wrote letters. Eventually word may filter to the rest of them.

Scofflaw Weinland

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Before I get into the subject of this post, let me point out that it’s being published at the halfway point (to the nearest minute according to my calculations) “between the two evenings” of False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s “Day of the Lord”.  The “two evenings” are the moments of the last failed return of Jesus Christ on May 26 at 1636 UTC and the next failed return of Jesus Christ at 1613 UTC next May 19.  These moments are sundown in Jerusalem on those dates.  So “dawn” of the “Day of the Lord” should be breaking any moment now.  Will it break before False Prophet Ronald Weinland reports to prison on January 2?

Another aside: I’ve heard from several relations of PKG members that their PKG member insists that my website is “all lies” .  While I expect there are inaccuracies on my website throughout several years of blogging, those inaccuracies are unintentional.  If anyone can point to a factual error, I’ll correct it.  (Opinion and the explanations of False Prophet are not facts.)  I do try to put out factual information to support my opinions and not make stuff up.  I have added a “Criminal Case” page linked in the banner at the top of the blog with court filings.  Also have information for anyone who thinks I made them up to get the documents directly from the government source, with information provide on that page.

Here are excerpts of Audra’s testimony at the trial of her father, False Prophet Ronald Weinland.  Below is from the transcript of her testimony on Friday morning of the trial (available through the federal court’s online PACER system as Docket #81 of filings in Ron’s criminal case).

From page 117 through 119 of that transcript:

8 Q When did you get married, ma’am?
9 A September 9th of ’08.
10 Q And I think you told us your father performed the service?
11 A Uh-huh.
12 Q Where did that take place?
13 A In Germany.
14 Q Did you formally get married before you went over to
15 Germany?
16 A No.
17 Q Tell the jury about that trip. When did it happen and what
18 were the circumstances?
19 A My parents were going over there for — to go to church
20 there in the Netherlands and the UK, so I had planned on going
21 there previously before I got married and before we planned to
22 get married, and about — and my fiance, he was — at the time,
23 he was going to go with us also. So we had decided since we
24 weren’t going to have a big wedding that we were just — we
25 would rather — we were trying to figure out when we were going

*** DAILY TRANSCRIPT ***
Case: 2:11-cr-00070-DCR-CJS Doc #: 81 Filed: 06/14/12 Page: 117 of 139 – Page ID#: 832
AUDRA LITTLE – CONTINUED DIRECT – MR. MCBRIDE 118

1 to get married. So about three weeks before the trip, we
2 decided to get married over there on the first day we got there
3 instead of as opposed to a couple of weeks after we went there.
4 Q So did you fly from the United States to Germany?
5 A Yes.
6 Q And so you went to Germany for the purpose of having your
7 wedding?
8 A Well, originally we had already planned to go over there.
9 Q You were going to see congregations in London —
10 A Uh-huh.
11 Q — and then the Netherlands; right?
12 A Yes.
13 Q Do you have a congregation in Germany?
14 A No.
15 Q Who was in Germany?
16 A My brother was there.
17 Q So your brother, was he married at that time?
18 A Yes.
19 Q So he and his wife could join you for the wedding?
20 A Yes.
21 Q Anybody else from the family go with you besides your mom
22 and dad?
23 A No.
24 Q So you went and had — do you remember when the wedding —
25 so the date of your marriage is actually in Germany; correct?

*** DAILY TRANSCRIPT ***
Case: 2:11-cr-00070-DCR-CJS Doc #: 81 Filed: 06/14/12 Page: 118 of 139 – Page ID#:833
AUDRA LITTLE – CONTINUED DIRECT – MR. MCBRIDE 119

1 A I think so.
2 Q So you’re in Germany, and then how long were you in
3 Germany?
4 A I think two days.
5 Q Two days. Were your mom and dad there with you?
6 A Yes.
7 Q And where did you go from Germany?
8 A I drove with my brother and his wife and my husband, we
9 drove to Antwerp, Belgium, from there.
10 Q And what did you do there?
11 A We were there to go to the church in the Netherlands. It’s
12 right near the Netherlands.
13 Q Where did your mom and dad go?
14 A They flew — I’m not sure, I — I’m not actually sure. I
15 think they flew straight to Belgium, but I’m not positive.
16 Q That’s fine. So they went on to Belgium for the services?
17 A Yes.
18 Q Or to see a congregation?

Let’s recap.  Audra was married on September 9, 2008 in Germany while accompanying the Two Witness on one of their tours of Europe.  They were in the UK the prior Saturday, September 6 and then in Belgium the following Saturday, September 13.  Audra’s marriage was during the week in between during a side excursion to visit Jeremy.  After their return to Cincinnati, Daddy hosted a blow-out reception on September 20.

After attending the sentencing hearing last Wednesday, I took a trip to the Boone County Administration building in Burlington, KY and visited their Legal Records Department.  A record turned up for Chris and Audra’s marriage.  The image below is of their marriage certificate:


Here is the salient text:

“I do certify that Audra Lynn Weinland and Christopher Douglas Little were united in marriage on the 9th day of September at Union, Kentucky under the authority of the above license and in the presence of Laura Weinland and Jeremy Weinland. Given under my hand this 9th day of September, 2008 /signed/ Ronald Weinland, Minister of the Church of God”

Here are some relevant quotes on a guide to Kentucky marriage law from the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Kentucky:

Where license is issued
The license is to be issued in the county of the female’s residence, if she lives in Kentucky, unless she is eighteen years of age or over or a widow. See KRS 402.080. If the female is not a Kentucky resident or if she is over eighteen or a widow the license may be obtained from any county court clerk in Kentucky.

Marriage solemnized outside Kentucky
A Kentucky marriage license cannot legally be used for marriage purposes in another state; if it has been, it cannot legally be filed in the office of a Kentucky county clerk. See OAG 72-622.

It’s clear that Chris and Audra’s marriage is not legally entered into under the laws of the State of Kentucky. Unless Audra perjured herself during her testimony in federal court, her father perpetrated fraud on the State of Kentucky by signing a false document claiming that a marriage was performed on Kentucky soil on a date when all participants were in Germany.  Unless Germany has a town named “Union” in a province named “Kentucky”.  Seems that getting married under German law can be rather complex.  So much easier to scribble something handy on a Kentucky marriage certificate.

This is all consistent with Ron’s propensity to play fast and loose with the facts.

What amazes me is that people continue to follow someone with who repeatedly demonstrates a lack of integrity: not following through on promises that he would not adjust his prophecies and that he would admit to being a false prophet when the prophecies failed.  Someone who has set deadline after deadline for certain events which never materialize, such as the conquering of the US before the summer of 2009 and then by August of 2011.

I doubt that Ronald Weinland will face any legal consequences for the fraud perpetrated in the office of the Boone County Clerk.  And I doubt that any of his followers will consider this civil fraud documented in official government records since they already have discounted his religious fraud.

Time Times and Half-a-Time Redux

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

District Judge Danny Reeves pronounced sentence on False Prophet Ronald Weinland this morning:

  • A sentence of 42 months, Ron to self report to prison on January 2.
  • Followed by 3 years of supervised release
  • A fine of $7,500
  • Restitution in the amount of the criminal tax loss, approximately $245,000

I started off the day by having breakfast with one of the trial jurors.  Then I went down to the federal court building in Covington.  I arrived just after Ron did, and there was a photographer near the courthouse door who did not take my picture.  I was surprised that a number of PKG members were in attendance, including:

Laura
Audra
Chris Little, Audra’s husband
Patty Dalrymple
Sandy Beys
Ralph Dowd
April Combs

Ron’s full legal defense team was present: Bob Webb and John Cline at the table flanking Ron in the center. Jon Coffman was behind the defense table with a couple of other people.  On the government side was Robert McBride and Chris Nasson, and behind them was the case agent, Special Agent Palmisano. McBride and Webb were the only attorneys who spoke.

The first part of the hearing discussed the tax loss calculation of $245K.  The defense attempted to reduce that below $200K which would reduce the sentence by 6-8 months.  One part of that was $95K of Laura’s travel expenses which the defense argued should be deductible.  The prosecution countered that this would require a trip by trip analysis to see whether Laura’s contribution was substantial, and then they would subject all of Ron’s travels to the same scrutiny which could result in an increase in the loss calculations.

The other part was the $290K deposited in the Swiss bank accounts, which the defense alleged was being held in trust for the church.  The prosecution pointed out that the expenses were being held for the Two Witnesses to use in the end times for lodging, travel, etc.

After that discussion, the tax loss calculation of $245,176 held.

Next was discussed the two-level enhancement for Sophisticated Means.  The defense argued that the Swiss bank accounts were not sophisticated as fund were wire transferred, and Ron did not keep two sets of books.  The prosecution argued that Ron over a long period of time structured his church so that he had sole legal control as the only board member of the corporation and sole spiritual control in his position directly below God and Jesus and being their spokesman.  Ron set up multiple church bank accounts and multiple personal bank accounts and multiple credit cards.  With his legal and spiritual control total and without government oversight of church activities there was no one to put the brakes on his activities.  When the defense pointed out that most transactions were legitimate church expenses, the judge likened his tax evasion to hiding a needle in a haystack, further indication of sophisticated means.  That two-level enhancement remained.

Next was discussed a two-level enhancement for Aggravate Role as the leader of a criminal organization.  The government corrected the defenses statement that it was meant to apply to the church, rather it was meant to apply to the Weinland family.  The judge responded that he regarded Ron and Laura as equal participants in the scheme and Audra as not having criminal intent.  So there was no enhancement for this.

The last enhancement was two levels for obstruction.  This remained, as the judge said that Ron perjured himself about material matters during his testimony when:

  • He stated that he did not intend to file false tax returns
  • When he claimed the church funds directly paying for Jeremy’s education were a church scholarship program.

So the recalculated sentence guidelines were

  • 18 levels for $245K of tax loss
  • +2 levels for Sophisticated Means
  • +2 levels for Obstruction

Level 22, for 41 to 51 months in prison and a fine of $7500 to $75,000.

Next discussed was the defense motion for a downward variance.  Will add more about that later.

McBride stated that the government did not question the sincerity or validity of the religious beliefs of the rank and file PKG members who wrote letters on Ron’s behalf.  But Ron exploited them with complete control and with his financial activity invisible except for the false W-2s filed.  The members would not question Ron.

He cited the letter on page 153 of the filing I provided in a previous posting.  The woman who was given $1000 for medical expenses and later $2000 for other reasons was not given Ron’s money — it was the church’s money.  Ron used the doctrine of tithing to extract money from members and taught that once given to God the member had no responsibility.

Since Ron only answered to God and Jesus, he could have taken any amount as salary and the government would have gone along with that had he just paid his taxes.

Webb pointed out that Ron did not have a double set of books and that all his transactions were through bank accounts rather than some money laundering scheme.  Otherwise Ron was law abiding for 63 years and helped people escape from drug and alcohol and their personal relationships.

On the advice of counsel, Ron declined the opportunity to address the court.  Smart advice and Ron was wise to follow it.

The judge imposed the sentence.  His goal was to promote respect for the law and protect the public from Ron’s further criminal actions, but the victim (legally) was the IRS and not the members.

Another goal was to avoid disparities in sentencing.  To vary the sentence downward from the guidelines for Ron because it was a white collar crime would be a disparity.  The judge was not impressed by the statistics cited by the defense stating that each case had to be considered individually.  The sentence in one of the cases cited by the defense was the result of a binding plea agreement — the defendant plead guilty which Ron did not do.

With the structure Ron set up there was no need for a double set of books.  So Judge Reeves denied the defense motion for downward variance.

The judge did not believe that Ron’s behavior was an unintended mistake.  Referring to the 169 letters, he indicated that they influenced him to impose the 42-month sentence at the bottom end of the 41-51 month range of the sentencing guidelines.  It seems that by imposing restitution of the $245176 amount, he shut the door on the IRS going after Ron on a civil basis for those years.  The fine imposed of $7500 is also at the low end of the sentencing guidelines.  There is an additional assessment of $500 for the guilty verdict.

The hearing lasted just under two hours.  After the hearing, I met another of the jurors for a lunch and nice visit.  The jurors are regular guys, and astonished by Ron’s behavior.  One commented that after seeing the court evidence of where Ron did his shopping, they were inclined to patronize other stores.  After lunch was more Ron-related activity which produced fruits I’ll blog later.  At the end of a long day which included driving to my next activity which is not Ron-related, I wrote this post and am finishing it up now having awakened earlier than I wanted to.

The judge did one thing I hoped he wouldn’t: giving Ron a 42-month sentence which he’ll be able to spin as prophetically significant.  On the other hand, I much prefer 42 months to a sentence in the 12-24 month range.

The judge ordered Ron to self-report to prison on January 2 and recommends to the Bureau of Prisons that he be incarcerated nearby.  Ron now has 7 more sabbaths to line up his ducks.  If Ron is assigned to Ashland nearby, Laura will be making mid-week visits to get the sermon topics for Johnny, Terry, or Wayne for the next sermon.

But it won’t be the same.  I expect that when Ron finishes his sentence, that his church will have diminished to a smaller group of stalwarts like the group that attended yesterday’s court session.