Doomsday Prophet Guilty of Tax Evasion
'But the world was ending!' excuse not bought by jurors
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2012 12:27 PM CDT
Weinland, who posted doomsday sermons on YouTube, has been found guilty of federal tax evasion.   (WeinlandSermons)

(Newser) – Jurors didn't buy a doomsday prophet's excuse that he didn't pay his taxes because he believed the end of the world was nigh. Ronald Weinland, who was found guilty of federal tax evasion Wednesday, apparently believed that the Swiss banking system would survive the apocalypse and second coming of Jesus Christ better than the American one would: He funneled funds from his Ohio-based church into secret Swiss accounts and started carrying gold and gems with him after predicting in 2006 that the world would end in 2008, Forbes reports.

Weinland's lawyers argued that he only put the money in the Swiss accounts because he believed the world was in its "final days," but the prophet himself stumbled under cross-examination as he attempted to explain why, exactly, he deducted expenses like a stay at the Venetian Las Vegas and tickets to the Blue Man Group, reports the Kentucky Enquirer. When the 2008 date came and went, Weinland revised the date to May 27, 2012, the Huffington Post notes. His latest calculation predicts the world will end on May 19, 2013—when he will probably be in jail after sentencing in September.

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brutusmojo1
Jun 24, 2012 5:07 PM CDT
Yet ,he couldn't see this coming because he was so busy stashing his nest egg.Ironic.
USLady
Jun 24, 2012 2:50 PM CDT
In the last days there will be false prophets,He was wrong,But it does not mean it is not near the coming of Christ.It is! Even people who do not exactly believe in the bible call this period of time>Generation X,you have probably heard this,It stands for (The Last Generation),But on the other hand,the bible does say,only God knows the day and the time,Not man,But the bible also makes it clear when we see certain signs on earth and in the sky that the coming of the Lord is very close. http://gracethrufaith.com/ikvot-hamashiach/seven-major-prophetic-signs-of-the-second-coming/ and there is more online also.I think this is a time for all people to search their hearts and get their lives right with God even if the Lord does not come back very soon.
teamhoneybadger
Jun 23, 2012 9:05 AM CDT
Anyone who looks forward to the end of the world, like this tool does, should be kicked right between the goal posts. How about making it better. Damn fear mongers. Peddling your fears and paranoias to the stupid. Instead of inspiring hope and something worthwhile to strive towards something better, you go out of your way to preach that the world is ending. Damnit all, I won't argue with you and say that it's all roses, but to just quit... it's lame, and it makes you a damn coward. I guess I'm 'matured', but I want the best life for my kid, that doesn't mean I won't prepare her, but I sure as hell don't want her to live in fear either.