Hunter Biden’s 2021 memoir, “Beautiful Things,” was cited repeatedly in a California indictment detailing tax charges against him this week, showing how he talked about lavish spending at a time when prosecutors say he should have been paying taxes.
Biden faces nine charges alleging a “four-year scheme” when he did not pay federal income taxes from January 2017 to October 2020 while also filing false tax reports.
The charges are divided into three felonies and six related misdemeanors $1.4 million in taxes owed Which has since been paid. The special counsel alleged that Hunter “spent millions of dollars on an extravagant lifestyle rather than paying his tax bills,” and that in 2018, he “stopped paying his overdue and delinquent taxes for the 2015 tax year.”
“[W]When he finally filed his 2018 returns, [he] “It included false business deductions in order to evade tax assessments to reduce the significant tax liabilities he faced as of February 2020,” Weiss alleged.
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The indictment describes how in 2019 he began writing a memoir, “Beautiful Things,” and received approximately $140,625 from January to October 2020, which was deposited into his wife’s bank account. The indictment also said that in 2018, he earned approximately $388,810 in work-related travel. While he was making these allegations to the accountants, he was working on his memoirs but did not share them with them, the document says.
Those notes detail the heavy drug use he was involved in at the time, undermining claims for his business expenses.
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“Unbeknownst to CA accountants, the defendant described in his 2018 memoir that he was dominated by cocaine use ‘twenty-four hours a day, smoking every fifteen minutes, seven days a week,’” the indictment reads.
“In fact, the defendant never told CA accountants about his heavy drug and alcohol use in 2018, which may have prompted further scrutiny of his claims of hundreds of thousands of dollars in business expenses.”
Separately, the indictment notes how Hunter, in 2018, made payments to an entourage of “thieves, junkies, petty dealers, street strippers, con artists, and various drifters, who then invited their friends.” Friends, Colleagues and Newest Relationships.”
The president’s son says in the book: “They caught me and would not let me go, all with my consent. I never slept. There was no clock. Day turned into night and night into day.”
The indictment also highlights how Hunter described luxury hotel stays, private rentals and related expenses. He quotes the memoir at length, referring to his stays in Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood.
“There was a slew of dealers and their buddies pouring in and out day and night. They parked in late-series Mercedes-Benzes, decked out in oversized Raiders or Lakers T-shirts and flashing Rolex watches. Their stripper girlfriends invited their girlfriends, who Hunter was quoted as saying: “They would drink the entire minibar, call room service for a filet mignon and a bottle of Dom Pérignon. One woman even ordered an extra filet for her wallet-sized dog.”
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The indictment then states that there is no indication that there was any business at the luxury hotels where Hunter stayed. Later in the indictment, he mentions expenses “specifically identified in defendant’s memoirs” but never reveals that his time there was not for business purposes.
The indictment says the Lamborghini rentals, luxury hotel stays, and an exotic dancer’s travel from Los Angeles to New York were not for business purposes.
“Instead, they were personal expenses generated during what he described in his memoirs as a ‘wedding’ in 2018,” the document says, later adding that some of the hotels were used to meet his girlfriend for “ongoing celebration.”
Hunter’s defense attorney, Abby Lowell, attacked Special Counsel David Weiss over the accusations, accusing the special counsel of “caving in to Republican pressure.”
“Based on the facts and the law, if Hunter’s last name had been anything other than Biden, charges would not have been filed in Delaware, and now California,” Lowell said in a statement.
Biden’s son also criticized his critics, saying they were trying to reach his father.
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“They’re trying to destroy a presidency. So, it’s not about me. What they’re trying to do, in their simplest way, is they’re trying to kill me, and they know that would be more pain than my father.” “It can be dealt with and thus destroy the presidency in this way.”
Fox News’ Houston Kane contributed to this report.