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Hunter Biden faces new charges on nine counts

Hunter Biden faces new charges on nine counts Hunter Biden (Photo: Getty Images)

Prosecutors have charged Hunter Biden, the son of U.S. President Joe Biden, with nine counts of tax evasion, according to the CNN.

According to the investigation, Hunter Biden failed to pay at least $1.4 million in taxes between 2016 and 2019.

The indictment was unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The new charges include three felony counts and six misdemeanor counts. It is alleged that Biden spent millions on an "extravagant lifestyle" instead of paying taxes.

Prosecutors insist that Hunter Biden "continued to make good money and spend money furiously in 2018" and that his spending "increased as his income grew."

"According to the special counsel’s team, Hunter Biden “engaged in a four-year scheme to not pay at least $1.4 million” in taxes that he owed from 2016 through 2019. Though Hunter Biden did eventually pay his taxes from 2018, prosecutors allege that he included “false business deductions to evade assessment of taxes to reduce the substantial tax liabilities he faced,” the indictment says.

In turn, Biden's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said that based on the facts and the law, if Hunter's last name had been something else, charges would not have been brought in Delaware and now in California.

The case of Hunter Biden

In June, Hunter Biden pleaded guilty to two tax crimes and reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors on a felony charge involving a firearm.

Earlier, U.S. President Joe Biden said that his son Hunter, suspected of tax violations, did not commit any illegal acts. Subsequently, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland upgraded the status of the prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden to a special prosecutor.

Later in October, the son of the President of the United States pleaded not guilty to three federal firearms charges. According to investigators, he bought the gun in 2018 with false documents.