A self-proclaimed medicine man arrested on federal tax evasion and weapon charges kept a bunker because he was preparing as if there was an Armageddon, his defense attorney said Tuesday.
Reuben DeHaan appeared in federal court Tuesday for a detention hearing.
The proceeding determines whether or not a suspect is a flight risk and/or danger to the community, and should be allowed out on bond. Judge David Keesler ultimately ruled that DeHaan should stay behind bars.
Clients of DeHaan's describe him as a natural healer who ran his business out of his Kings Mountain home. However, federal agents said he didn't pay taxes for his business and took him into custody Thursday. Authorities said DeHaan didn't believe he needed to pay taxes because he is a minister.
Prosecutors filed additional charges Friday after a sweeping raid of his property.
Authorities discovered a bunker with a "significant amount of food and beverages" stored in various rooms, walls and ceilings, according to an affidavit.
It included two water tanks that each held about 2,000 gallons of water.
One room within the bunkers contained approximately 70 weapons to include rifles, shotguns and handguns, according to an federal investigators.
Prosecutors revealed new evidence of DeHaan’s ties to foreign countries to try and prove he is a flight risk.
Investigators said they found a passport from the World Government of World Citizens which authorities seemed to know little about. Prosecutors said it is accepted by a small collection of companies.
Prosecutors also said DeHaan had a U.N. driver's license.
His defense attorney, C. Melissa Owen, said documentation was expired and the passport couldn't even get him to Cleveland.
However, federal investigators announced that they have subpoenaed a collection of shell companies tied to DeHaan. Prosecutors said they are looking into those corporations, along with foreign bank accounts and property.
Investigators said Thursday's search also turned up a "Special Agent badge" as well as other identification items like a press pass.
In addition to the firearms, prosecutors said the bunker held Meals-Ready-to-Eat, 5,000 gallons of water storage and had fortified walls.
Owen said her client's bunker even had an air filtration system that could be used in case of a nuclear attack.
She argued that while many of the facts around the situation are unusual, they do not mean it was illegal.
She said DeHaan was a gun collector and that friends could testify that he was a responsible gun owner.
My bold. Read the rest here.
Because FedGov didn't get their piece of the action, they raided this guy and are trying to portray him as some kind of threat to society because guns and prepping. Gasp!
Just as his attorney says, all of which are perfectly legal.
They are stretching pretty hard here, a UN drivers license?
A "Special Agent " badge , that ought to be good for 5 years all by its self, impersonating an official thug is really frowned upon in certain circle jerks.
I love the passport line though.
Gotta be guilty of something, they need to spend several thousand dollars investigating that.
All this character assassination because he didn't pay taxes on witch doctoring.
You couldn't make this shit up.