Hunter Biden faces possible maximum combined prison sentence of 42 years on tax and gun charges

 December 10, 2023

Hunter Biden, who was criminally indicted in September on federal felony gun charges, was just hit with another federal criminal indictment on Thursday, this time for an assortment of alleged tax law violations.

When the maximum possible sentence is considered for each count filed by Special Counsel David Weiss, the president's son faces a combined total of up to 42 years behind bars, according to Breitbart.

That number could potentially rise even further, as the special counsel's years-long investigation reportedly remains "ongoing" and there is the real possibility that Biden could face additional indictment with even more prospective prison time over other alleged criminal acts and wrongdoing.

Maximum combined prison sentence of 17 years for tax charges

A Thursday press release from Special Counsel Weiss revealed that a federal grand jury had returned a nine-count criminal indictment against Hunter Biden over alleged tax law violations that occurred between 2016 to 2019.

The president's son is alleged to have "engaged in a four-year scheme in which he chose not to pay at least $1.4 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."

As such, he faces three felonies for filing false tax returns and tax evasion as well as six misdemeanors for failure to file returns and failure to pay what was due during that period.

If convicted on all counts and given the maximum sentence for each one, Biden faces up to 17 years in prison for his purported tax crimes.

Up to 25 years for federal gun charges

In September, Special Counsel Weiss announced that Hunter Biden had been criminally indicted in his home state of Delaware on three federal firearm charges related to his fraudulent and illegal purchase of a handgun in 2018, when he is alleged to have lied about his admitted drug abuse on the federal form to purchase a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Those three charges include "making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm, making a false statement related to information required to be kept by Federal Firearms Licensed Dealer, and possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance."

If convicted on all three counts, Biden faces up to 25 years in federal prison.

Potentially more prison time if charged and convicted for FARA violations

The New York Post reported that Special Counsel Weiss' announcement of the tax-related indictment made it clear that "the investigation is ongoing," which prompted speculation that additional federal criminal charges could still be forthcoming in the years-long probe of the president's son.

The most likely additional federal charges Hunter Biden could face would be violations of the Foreign Agent Registration Act concerning his questionable foreign business dealings and alleged influence-peddling, with the accusation being that he was working on behalf of the interests of foreign entities and governments without adhering to certain federal regulations and disclosure requirements.

Such charges would arguably be the most serious, both in that FARA violations are punishable by up to five years in prison per each count as well as that Biden's alleged FARA violations could implicate his father in potential criminal wrongdoing.

That said, FARA violations come with a five-year statute of limitations, and the Post noted that most of Biden's questionable conduct that might have violated the FARA statute occurred beyond the last five years during the time that his father served as vice president, meaning Biden could likely only be charged for alleged violations that occurred during and after 2019.

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