Ex-cop charged in Floyd's death faces tax evasion counts

Hennepin County Sheriff shows former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin who was arrested for the May 25 death of George Floyd. Chauvin is now facing multiple felony counts of tax evasion. Chauvin

Derek Chauvin's attorney said his client had been called a murderer and that pretrial publicity often doesn't mention the fact that he is innocent until proven guilty or proven justified in his actions.

They asked the court to make a public copy of the footage available so that "it may be viewed not just by those who have the time and wherewithal to visit the courthouse during a global pandemic but by all members of the public concerned about the administration of justice in one of the most important, and most-watched, cases this State - perhaps this country - has ever seen".

The judge overseeing the criminal cases against four ex-police officers charged in the May 25 killing of George Floyd vacated his previous gag order Tuesday that restricted comments by lawyers and others associated with the cases.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput on Wednesday announced the nine counts of felony tax evasion charges against Derek and Kellie Chauvin.

"When you fail to fulfil the basic obligation to file and pay taxes, you are taking money from the pockets of citizens of Minnesota".

Documents from the Minnesota Department of Revenue show investigators started building their case in June.

According to the Star Tribune, the Chauvins underreported $US464,433 of income. Between the taxes the Chauvins owe - the late payment and penalty fees, fraud penalties, and interest - the couple owes the state government almost $38,000.

The complaints allege the Chauvins also failed to pay proper sales tax on a $100,000 BMW purchased in Minnesota in 2018. Prosecutors say the Chauvins bought the auto in Minnetonka but registered it in Florida, where they paid lower sales taxes. His bail was set for $US1.25 million for that case.

Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died after Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes as Floyd pleaded for air.

J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, the other two officers, are also facing two charges each of aiding and abetting.

Kellie filed for divorce in May 2020, which is still pending. The gag order prohibited parties from speaking publicly about the case and restricted access to case records. "Such access will negatively affect the parties from a safety standpoint".

According to authorities, they under-reported their income by more than $464,000. Documents show the couple did not file their tax returns for 2016, 2017 and 2018. He said the amount of unpaid taxes could increase, as the investigation is ongoing.

According to the Tribune, state Department of Revenue officials told Orput in June 2020 that they sent Chauvin letters previous year and got no response, but when he made national headlines after the death of Floyd, the revenue officials "read the guy's name and realise this is their guy".

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