Hunter Biden, son of United States President, has been charged with nine counts of tax-related crimes over his alleged failure to pay $1.4m he owes to the government.
Biden is currently being accused of failing to file and pay taxes, evading tax assessment, and making a false or fraudulent tax return while spending millions of dollars on “an extravagant lifestyle”, according to documents filed in a Los Angeles court on Thursday.
“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,” the indictment filed in a US district court in central California said.
Biden faces a maximum penalty of 17 years in prison if found guilty.
The indictment is the second criminal case brought against Biden by David Weiss, the special counsel appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to oversee investigations into the president’s son.
Weiss was nominated as a US attorney in Delaware by former President Trump but remained in his role after the election of Joe Biden.
Last month, Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to three firearms-related charges after a judge declined to sign off on a plea deal that would have avoided lengthy legal proceedings.
Under the deal reached with Weiss’s office in Delaware, Biden had agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanour tax charges and enter a diversion programme in lieu of pleading guilty to a more serious gun possession charge
On Monday, Weiss urged a federal judge to deny Hunter Biden’s request to subpoena former president Donald Trump and ex-Justice Department officials, arguing that his lawyers had not provided evidence to support their argument that the investigation stemmed from an “incessant pressure campaign” under the previous administration.