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Hunter Biden’s memoir comes back to haunt him as California indictment references it repeatedly

Hunter Biden's 2021 memoir “Beautiful Things” was cited repeatedly this week in a California indictment detailing tax charges against him, with prosecutors claiming he owed taxes. It outlines what he said about spending.

Biden is charged with nine counts alleging a “four-year scheme” in which he failed to pay federal income taxes from January 2017 to October 2020 and also filed false tax returns.

The charges include three felonies and six misdemeanors related to: $1.4 million in unpaid taxes What has since been paid. The special counsel alleged that Mr. Hunter “spent millions of dollars on a lavish lifestyle rather than paying taxes” and in 2018 “stopped paying unpaid and delinquent taxes for the 2015 tax year.”

”[W]He finally filed his 2018 return. [he] “He made false business deductions to avoid the imposition of taxes in order to reduce the large tax liability he faced as of February 2020,” Weiss alleged.

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President Biden's son Hunter Biden walks with his family in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on November 24, 2023. (Reuters/Tom Brenner)

The indictment describes how he began writing his memoir, “Beautiful Things,” in 2019 and received approximately $140,625 from January to October 2020, which was deposited into his wife's bank account. There is. The indictment also says he billed approximately $388,810 for business-related travel in 2018. While he was making these allegations to his accountants, he was working on a memoir, which he did not share with his accountants, the documents say.

The memoir outlined extensive drug use in which he was involved at the time and reduced claims for business expenses.

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“Unbeknownst to CA's accountants, defendant wrote in his memoir that 2018 was dominated by crack cocaine use, which he smoked 'every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.' “he said,” the indictment says.

“In fact, the defendant never told his California accountant about his extensive drug and alcohol abuse in 2018, which may have prompted further scrutiny of his claims of hundreds of thousands of dollars in business expenses. .”

Separately, the indictment alleges that in 2018, Hunter “paid and then invited thieves, drug addicts, retailers, strippers from across the mountain, con artists, and various cronies.” Quoting the memoirs of the record. About friends, colleagues, and recent encounters. ”

“They clung to me and never let go. Everything was done with my consent. I never slept. There was no clock. Day melted into night and night into day,” the president said. 's son says in the book.

The indictment also highlights how Hunter described his stays at luxury hotels and vacation rentals and related expenses. The memoir quotes in detail his stays in Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood.

“Ant-legions of dealers and their associates came and went day and night, wearing oversized Raiders and Lakers jerseys, flashy fake Rolexes, and driving late-series Mercedes-Benzes. “The stripper's girlfriends invited their girlfriends. They invited their boyfriends,” Hunter is quoted as saying. “They drank the entire minibar and called room service to order filet mignon and a bottle of perignon. One of the women even ordered an extra filet mignon for her purse-sized dog. did.”

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Additionally, the indictment notes there was no evidence that any business was conducted at the luxury hotel where Hunter stayed. The second half of the indictment mentions expenses “specifically identified in defendant's memoir,” but never makes it clear that the defendant's time there was not for business purposes.

The Lamborghini rental, luxury hotel stay and exotic dancer's flight from Los Angeles to New York were not for business purposes, according to the indictment.

“Rather, they were personal expenses incurred during what he described in his memoir as a 'bacchanal' in 2018,” the document says, later adding that some of the hotels he spent with his girlfriend and It was said to have been used for “constant partying”.

Hunter's attorney, Abby Rowell, attacked special counsel David Weiss over the charges, accusing him of “causing to Republican pressure.”

“Based on the facts and the law, had Mr. Hunter's last name been anything other than Biden, the charges in Delaware and now California would not have been filed,” Lowell said in a statement.

Biden's son also slammed critics for trying to get closer to his father.

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“They're trying to destroy the presidency, so that's not my problem. The most despicable way they're going to do it is to kill me knowing it's going to be more pain than my father.” 'So in that way it's destroying the presidency,' he said.

FOX News' Houston Keene contributed to this report.

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