Evangelist's Wife Sentenced in Pensacola Tax Fraud Case

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - The wife of a Pensacola evangelist who founded a now-defunct creationist theme park is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in a tax fraud case.

Jo Hovind was convicted on 44 of the counts involving evading bank-reporting requirements.

Her husband, Kent, was found guilty in November of 58 federal counts. He was sentenced to ten years in prison and ordered to pay 640-thousand dollars in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Kent Hovind was the founder of Creation Science Evangelism. The defunct Dinosaur Adventure Land showed visitors Hovind and his followers' view that human and dinosaurs coexisted and that evolution did not occur.

Kent Hovind claimed he and his employees were workers of God and therefore exempt from paying taxes. He paid his employees in cash and did not withhold their taxes or pay his share as an employer.

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