Evangelist Charged

A Pensacola evangelist, also known as “Doctor Dino,” has pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges.

Kent Hovind is the owner of the city's defunct Dinosaur Adventure Land.

Hovind was arrested on 58 federal charges including 44 charges jointly filed against his wife, Jo, for evading bank reporting requirements when they withdrew over $430,000 in 2001 and 2002.

Hovind, who calls himself “Doctor Dino” and claims that he is employed by God and owns no taxable property, has fought with the IRS for years.

The indictment alleges Kent Hovind paid employees cash and called them missionaries to avoid paying taxes. His trial is set for September 5.

His wife has also pleaded not guilty.