Ronald Weinland, 63, is a self-proclaimed doomsday prophet who was sure that the world was going to end on Sept. 30, 2008 and then again on May 27, 2012. Weinland was so sure in fact that he not only told all of his church members in Cincinnati, Ohio to prepare for the apocalypse, he stopped paying his taxes. After all what’s the point in paying taxes if the world is about to end.
As you have probably guessed the world did not end in 2008 or May 27, 2012 and now the Internal Revenue Service has worked with officials to convict Weinland over unpaid taxes.
Weinland was found guilty on June 13 over five counts of tax evasion. According to a grand jury indictment from 2005 through 2010 Weinland managed to skip out on $300,000 in owed taxes, funneling the money into a foreign bank account, lying on his tax forms and even writing off his own personal expenses as church expenses.
The Northern Kentucky News says that during his testimony Weinland claimed that his actions were warranted because the U.S. financial system was supposed to collapse before Jesus returned at which time the world would no longer exist.
He may have believed the world was going to end in the near future but that didn’t stop the preacher from purchasing a $400,000 home that was filled with designer suits. Weinland also traveled to Las Vegas and bills his gambling trip as a church related expense.
Weinland eventually posted a $300,000 bond after his initial arrest and shortly afterwards he was placed on house arrest. Weinland will be sentenced on Sept. 24 and could spend up to five years in prison. In the meantime he’s probably hoping his May 19, 2013 end of world prediction will come before he spends too much time behind bars.
Here’s one of Weinland’s end of days sermons: