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Nov 13, 2012 8:17 AM

Man Followed As Prophet Faces Tax Evasion Sentence

COVINGTON (AP) - A northern Kentucky religious figure who told followers the end of the world was imminent will hear his tax evasion sentence.

Ronald Weinland was convicted in June of failing to pay $245,000 on his $4.4 million income from 2004 through 2007.

The Kentucky Enquirer reported the government wants a five-year prison sentence for the 63-year-old Weinland, who lives in Union. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBride wrote in his motion that Weinland exploited the devotion of his followers who saw him as a prophet.

In his motion for a lesser sentence, defense attorney Christopher Coffman wrote that no one who saw the ridicule visited on Weinland will be tempted to "engage is similar conduct."

Weinland is scheduled to be sentence Wednesday in U.S. District Court at Covington.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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