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Thu June 14, 2012
Federal Jury Convicts Minister Of Tax Evasion
COVINGTON, Ky. -- A federal jury in northern Kentucky has convicted a doomsday prophet of income tax evasion.
The Kentucky Enquirer reported jurors in Covington deliberated less than four hours Wednesday before convicting Ronald Weinland of Union on five tax evasion counts.
Defense attorneys argued Weinland placed church money in Swiss bank accounts because he feared collapse of the U.S. monetary system.
Prosecutors said Weinland avoided taxes on money he collected through his ministry, known as the Church of God - Preparing for the Kingdom of God.
Weinland was convicted of writing off more than $357,000 in personal expenses as church-related. He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 24. U.S. District Court Judge Danny Reeves placed the 63-year-old Weinland on home detention with electronic monitoring.