Derek Chauvin, a disgraced former police officer, admitted to hiding tens of thousands of dollars from the state when he pleaded guilty to tax fraud in Minnesota on Friday. In front of Washington County Judge Sheridan Hawley in a Minnesota court, he entered a guilty plea to two tax evasion charges.
According to a representative for the county prosecutor’s office, he was given a 13-month prison term that will run concurrently with his conviction for the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The video of Floyd’s murder spread nationwide, sparking a summer of civil rights demonstrations.
Shortly after Floyd was killed, Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, and his ex-wife, Kellie May Chauvin, who has previously used the names Kellie Thao and Kellie Xiong, were accused in the tax case.
By allegedly neglecting to pay taxes on $464,433 in joint income from 2014 through 2019, including $95,000 he earned working as an off-duty security officer, they are accused of defrauding the state of Minnesota, according to officials.
She ran a photography company and was a real estate agent then. According to officials, they each owe the state $37,868 in delinquent taxes, interest, and fees.
On February 24, Chauvin’s ex-wife, who now resides in Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to two charges encouraging failure to file taxes. Her plea deal stipulated three years of probation, $37,868 in restitution, and a maximum of 45 days of community service. Hawley announced the 12 May sentence.
After evidence concerning suspicious filings by Derek Chauvin was sent to the Minnesota Department of Revenue in June 2020, the tax investigation got underway. The organization launched an investigation after beginning a review.
According to the investigation, the Chauvins failed to file state tax returns in 2016, 2017, or 2018, and they also failed to disclose all of their revenue in 2014 and 2015. According to the accusations, the Chauvins did not disclose all of their income in those years either when tax returns for the years 2016 through 2019 were filed in June 2020.
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The Black Floyd kneeled for 9 1/2 minutes in the early summer of 2020 while the white police officer, Chauvin, 46, was there. Floyd claimed he was having trouble breathing and eventually became limp.
A Minneapolis jury found Chauvin guilty of second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter about a year later. His 22 1/2-year sentence for that state conviction is currently being served.
From a federal prison in Arizona, where he is serving a 21-year sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights, Chauvin made a remote appearance on Friday.