LOS ANGELES — Hunter Biden has been indicted on nine tax-related charges in California.
The president’s son was charged by a grand jury in California with nine counts of failing to file and pay taxes, tax evasion and filing false tax returns, according to the Washington Post.
Biden is also facing a federal firearm charge filed in Delaware that alleges in 2018 that he broke the law that prohibits drug users from owning guns. The charges were listed in a 56-page indictment obtained by the New York Times.
The case was believed to be close to being resolved last July but a plea deal fell apart last minute, according to CNN.
Hunter Biden was expected to plead guilty in a plea deal with prosecutors who claimed that he had failed to pay $4 million in personal income in both 2017 and 2018, the AP reported.
Defense attorneys say they plan to fight any new charges, the AP reported.
Once the plea deal fell apart, prosecutors filed three federal gun charges that alleged that Hunter Biden lied about his drug use when purchasing a gun, the AP reported. He reportedly kept that gun for 11 days in 2018. Biden had been struggling with substance abuse around the time his brother, Beau Biden, died in 2015, prosecutors said in a draft plea agreement that was filed in a Delaware court.
The new tax case is reportedly connected to Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings which are part of the impeachment inquiry into President Biden by the House Republicans, according to CNN.
The allegations claim that President Biden benefitted Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China. President Biden has said the charges are untrue.
Hunter Biden filed his taxes in 2020 and a “third party,” according to the AP, paid the back taxes in 2021.
The White House declined to comment to the AP on the indictment. The White House referred questions to the Justice Department or Hunter Biden’s representatives.
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