Ronald Weinland runs Church of God Preparing for the Kingdom of God. He is known by many 2012ers because in numerous places 2012ers hang out he offered a free 2012 book: 2008 – God’s Final Witness, postage included – hard to resist. Personally, the book didn’t appeal to me at all – bulk prophecy unsupported by anything tangible. Of course his predicted end of times on May 27, 2012 was uneventful.
What is interesting is that he believed his own prophecy enough that he neglected to pay his taxes.
A federal judge sentenced self-styled doomsday prophet Ronald Weinland to three-and-a-half years in prison Wednesday for failing to pay taxes on income he earned while running a worldwide ministry from his Union home for more than a decade.U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves also ordered the 63-year-old to pay $245,176 in back taxes and a $7,000 fine. Weinland was found guilty in June of five counts of income tax evasion for failing to pay taxes on $4.4 million in income from 2004 through 2007, according to court records.
…Reeves said Weinland used ministry donations to pay for his son’s schooling and then tried to mischaracterize the expense as a scholarship. Weinland also used donations to pay for his son’s BMW, daughter’s living expenses and his wife’s trips around the world.McBride said Weinland used donations to pay for everything right down to the designer suit he wore at his own trial.
The moral: no matter how much you believe a doomsday to be nigh, make sure you are covered if you are wrong!