HOUSTON, United States – A federal grand jury indicted President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, on nine separate counts of tax crimes Thursday in the US state of California.
"Hunter Biden engaged in a four-year scheme in which he chose not to pay at least USD1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019 and to evade the assessment of taxes for tax year 2018 when he filed false returns," prosecutors said in a statement.
The president’s son was charged with three felony counts, including tax evasion and filing a false return. He was also indicted on six misdemeanor charges for failure to pay taxes.
It is Biden's second indictment from special counsel David Weiss, as he faces mounting scrutiny concerning his financial dealings.
The indictment spelled out exactly what prosecutors alleged Biden did to further his scheme, that he "subverted the payroll and tax withholding process of his own company by withdrawing millions outside of the payroll and tax withholding process."
Prosecutors also alleged that Biden "spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle rather than paying his tax bills."
Court filings showed Biden made USD7 million between 2016 and 2020.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 17 years in prison.
The special counsel's investigation into Biden is ongoing. (Anadolu)