A new California indictment undermines Hunter Biden's drug addiction defense

 December 12, 2023

On Thursday, a grand jury in California handed down a new criminal indictment that completely dismantles Hunter Biden's favorite excuse for his questionable actions and profitable international business ventures.

Whenever Hunter Biden and his associates want to justify Joe Biden's extravagant spending and downplay the millions of dollars he received from overseas sources while serving as vice president, they bring up his battles with heroin addiction, as The Daily Caller reported.

Nonetheless, Hunter Biden's persistent efforts to evade paying taxes upon his sobriety are laid out in the latest indictment, which includes nine allegations pertaining to taxes.

From the Indictment

“Notably, in 2020, well after he had regained his sobriety, and when he finally filed his outstanding 2016, 2017, and 2018 Forms 1040, the Defendant did not direct any payments toward his tax liabilities for each of those years,” the indictment reads on page 16.

“At the same time, the Defendant spent large sums to maintain his lifestyle from January through October 15, 2020. In that period, he received financial support from Personal Friend totaling approximately $1.2 million.

In addition to housing, media relations, accountants, attorneys, and his Porsche, the indictment lists hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments as part of the financial support.

On page 13 of the indictment is the information that the younger Biden spent more than $70,000 on rehabilitation programs between 2016 and 2018 to deal with his substance abuse problems.

According to the indictment, page 13, he spent $4.9 million on an extravagant lifestyle from 2016 to 2019, which included a large number of payments to women.

He was also found to have spend his income on pornography, drugs, luxury goods, and other personal costs, but all the while, he did not pay his taxes.

“The Defendant engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019, from in or about January 2017 through in or about October 15, 2020, and to evade the assessment of taxes for tax year 2018 when he filed false returns in or about February 2020,” the indictment says.

“Between 2016 and October 15, 2020, the Defendant individually received more than $7 million in total gross income," it went on.

"This included in excess of $1.5 million in 2016, $2.3 million in 2017, $2.1 million in 2018, $1 million in 2019 and approximately $188,000 from January through October 15, 2020. In addition, from January through October 15, 2020, the Defendant received approximately $1.2 million in financial support to fund his extravagant lifestyle.”

Life After Drugs

According to his rejected guilty plea agreement with Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors, he got sober in May 2019, the same month he wed Melissa Cohen, his present wife.

The focus of Hunter Biden's autobiography, "Beautiful Things," is his struggle with heroin addiction. According to the indictment, he signed a deal in November 2019 and the book was released in April 2021.

A two-part interview featuring Biden was posted on artist Moby's podcast. The first portion was published on December 8, the day after the first son was charged with additional taxes by a California grand jury.

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