Derek Chauvin: Minneapolis cop fired for murder of George Floyd charged with tax crimes

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Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer currently awaiting trial for his role in the murder of George Floyd, has been charged with tax crimes, the Star Tribune reported.

Mr Chauvin, 46, has been charged with his wife, Kellie Chauvin, with nine counts of tax evasion each, according to the report.

For six years, the Chauvins under-reported their joint income by $ 464,433. They owe $ 21,853 in taxes, but a total of $ 37,868 with interest and penalties for late filing and fraud.

There are six counts relating to allegations of aiding and abetting false or fraudulent tax returns from 2014. The other three allege not having filed a tax return in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Mr. Chauvin is currently jailed for second degree murder and manslaughter for his role in the murder of Mr. Floyd, whose death sparked nationwide protests for racial justice.

The couple’s tax investigation began long before Mr. Chauvin was charged with Mr. Floyd’s death in late May, according to County Prosecutor Pete Orput.

Mr. Orput described their tax problems as “trivial” – they include registering a BMW sport utility vehicle in Florida, where they have a house and taxes are cheaper, but the vehicle has never been there. .

A search of the couple’s home uncovered tax and other financial records. Mr. Chauvin’s father’s house was also searched because he had prepared previous tax returns on their behalf.

Ms. Chauvin was questioned by investigators, accompanied by an accountant. The missing tax returns were submitted but appeared incomplete or estimated, according to the complaint.

Following her husband’s incarceration for the murder of Mr. Floyd, Ms. Chauvin filed for divorce, but was in contact with her husband in prison about tax charges.

On Wednesday, a judge in Washington County, Minnesota, ruled that their divorce case should be sealed due to “constant harassment from the public” and fears for the respective parties from a safety standpoint if their fate had to be made public.

The file indicated that financial information and social security numbers had already been hacked. Attempts have been made to use them to obtain large cash advances.

For the charges related to the murder of George Floyd, whose neck he knelt for nearly nine minutes, Mr. Chauvin’s bail was set at $ 1.25 million.

His three colleagues who face charges of aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter have had their bail set at $ 1 million or $ 750,000 with conditions.

All four officers were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department prior to their arrest.

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