United States of America v Kent Hovind (Motion to Dismiss Criminal Contempt)

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United States of America v Kent Hovind (Motion to Dismiss Criminal Contempt)  (2014) 
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, October 2014
In 2006, Kent Hovind was found guilty of 58 crimes in United States of America v Kent Hovind and Jo Hovind. The judge ordered Hovind's property, including businesses, to be forfeited to pay for money owed to the government. In 2014, a federal judge scheduled criminal contempt proceedings regarding lis pendens placed on properties that were legally forfeited to the federal government. In October 2014, Hovind and Paul Hansen were charged with a six count indictment. This motion requests the contempt trial be dismissed in light of the new charges. The following motion from PACER is available here https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HovindCriminalContemptDismiss.pdf

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE

NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

PENSACOLA DIVISION

In re: Case No. 3:14mc53-MCR/EMT

KENT E. HOVIND

NOTICE

The United States of America, by and through the undersigned Assistant United States Attorney, hereby files this Notice with the Court, pursuant to the Court’s Order entered on today’s date. (Doc. 18).

1. In or about August 2013, the United States filed a Motion for Order to Show Cause against Kent E. Hovind. (3:06cr83/MCR, Docs. 465 & 470). Thereafter, this Court granted the United States’ motion and a new matter was opened by the Clerk of Court for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 401(3). (3:06cr83/MCR, Doc. 476; 3:14mc53/MCR, Doc. 1). A jury trial is currently scheduled before the Court on the Court’s Notice of Criminal Contempt Proceedings for November 3, 2014. (Docs. 1 & 12).

2. On October 21, 2014, a six Count Indictment was returned in case number 3:14cr91/MCR. The conduct supporting the Indictment is directly related to the above entitled and numbered contempt case. Further, defendant Kent E. Hovind is charged with a substantive count of contempt in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 401(3) in Count Three of the Indictment. (3:14cr91/MCR, Doc. 3). Defendant Kent E. Hovind is scheduled for an initial appearance and arraignment on the Indictment on October 30, 2014, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles J. Khan, Jr. (3:14cr91/MCR).

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3. In light of the return of the Indictment and the charges contained therein, the government submits that the criminal contempt action in case number 3:14mc53/MCR/EMT should be dismissed.

Therefore, the United States files this notice with the Court.

Respectfully submitted,

PAMELA C. MARSH

United States Attorney

/s/ Tiffany H. Eggers

TIFFANY H. EGGERS

Assistant United States Attorney