The Department of Justice filed new criminal charges against U.S. President Joe Biden"s son, Hunter, accusing him of failing to pay USD 1.4 million in taxes while spending millions of dollars on a lavish lifestyle, writes Reuters.
Hunter Biden, 53, was hit with three felony and six misdemeanor tax offenses, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
He faces up to 17 years in prison if convicted. The Justice Department said its investigation into Biden is ongoing.
“The Defendant engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least USD 1.4 million in self-assessed federal taxes he owed for tax years 2016 through 2019”, - the indictment read.
It added that he had instead spent huge sums “on drugs, escorts and girlfriends, luxury hotels and rental properties, exotic cars, clothing, and other items of a personal nature” including over USD 70,000 on drug rehabilitation.
Hunter Biden’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said in statement that his client had repaid his taxes in full, accusing U.S. Special Counsel David Weiss, who is leading the probe into Hunter Biden, of reneging on a previous agreement, U.S. media reported.
“If Hunter’s last name was anything other than Biden, the charges in Delaware, and now California, would not have been brought”, Lowell was quoted as saying.
The White House declined to comment. It was not clear when Hunter Biden would appear in court. The indictment says he “earned handsomely” while serving on the boards of Burisma, a Ukrainian industrial conglomerate, and a Chinese private equity fund.