Hunter Biden has nine tax charges added to gun indictments in latest legal probe

8 December 2023, 05:14

Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden. Picture: PA

If convicted, the president’s son could face a maximum of 17 years in prison.

Hunter Biden is facing nine fresh indictments in California as the special counsel investigation into the president’s son intensifies against the looming 2024 election.

The new charges include three felonies and six misdemeanours.

They will be added to a slew of federal firearms charges, in which the state of Delaware alleges Hunter Biden broke several laws against drug users having guns in 2018.

The fresh charges came about on Thursday, shortly after the implosion of a plea deal that would have spared him jail time and right in time to potentially throw a spanner in the works of his father’s campaign for re-election.

Special counsel David Weiss described the junior Mr Biden, aged 53, as a man who “spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle rather than paying his tax bills”.

Hunter Biden Congress
President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, leaves after a court appearance in July (Julio Cortez/AP)

The charges are centred on at least 1.4 million dollars (£1.2 million) in taxes Mr Biden owed between 2016 and 2019, a period where he has acknowledged struggling with addiction.

The back taxes have since been paid.

In a fiery response, defence attorney Abbe Lowell accused Mr Weiss of “bowing to Republican pressure” in the case.

“Based on the facts and the law, if Hunter’s last name was anything other than Biden, the charges in Delaware, and now California, would not have been brought,” Mr Lowell said.

The White House declined to comment on Thursday’s indictment, referring questions to the Justice Department or Hunter Biden’s personal representatives.

If convicted, Mr Biden could face a maximum of 17 years in prison. The special counsel probe remains open, Mr Weiss said.

By Press Association

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

Germany Russia Ukraine War

Leaked audio part of Russia’s ‘information war’ against West, says Germany

Benjamin Netanyahu

Cracks widen in Netanyahu’s government as top political rival arrives in US

A ceasefire in Gaza could come within next 24 hours as negotiators meet in Egypt to agree deal, Hamas has claimed.

Israel-Hamas talks reportedly break down as Kamala Harris calls for 'immediate ceasefire' in Gaza

Destroyed building

Death toll rises after block of flats destroyed in Russian attack

Star Wars and Gremlins actor, Mark Dodson, has died aged 64 following what sources describe as a ‘massive heart attack’.

Star Wars and Gremlins actor dead following ‘massive heart attack’ aged 64

Haiti Violence

Hundreds of inmates flee after armed gangs storm Haiti’s main prison

A ceasefire in Gaza could come within next 24 hours as negotiators meet in Egypt to agree deal, Hamas has claimed.

Gaza ceasefire could come 'within next 24 hours' as negotiators meet in Egypt to agree deal, Hamas claims

Air strike damage

Mother loses infant twins and husband in Israeli air strike

Scandinavian Airlines plane

Medical plane carrying Norway’s king departs Malaysia

Missing plane anniversary

Malaysia may renew search for flight MH370 one decade on

Doctors stage protest

Doctors stage massive demo in Seoul against medical school admissions policy

Shehbaz Sharif

Shehbaz Sharif elected as Pakistan’s prime minister

Researcher in sea

Coral researchers study how Hawaiian wildfire affected ‘foundation of life’

Satellite image of ship

Ship sinks in Red Sea days after Houthi attack

Election 2024 Trump

Donald Trump wins caucuses in Missouri and Idaho and sweeps Michigan convention

Election 2024 Trump

Trump takes another step towards nomination after Missouri and Michigan wins