Derek chauvin – ex-Minneapolis cop charged with murder George floyd – now has more legal issues on his hands over his taxes … and his ex-wife too.
Chauvin and his ex-wife, Kellie, were each hit on Wednesday with 9 counts related to their alleged non-payment of state taxes in Minnesota – including counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false or fraudulent returns and additional counts for failing to file returns.
According to court documents, officials in Washington County, Minnesota say the couple’s tax problems date back to 2014 and they are accused of not filing at all for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018. They do. each facing the same 9 charges.
Specifically, investigators say the couple significantly underreported their combined income. For example, prosecutors say Derek raked in tens of thousands of dollars in addition to his MPD cop salary between side security gigs – one of them estimating prosecutors totaled over $ 95,000 between 2014 – 2019 – as well as other jobs.
Prosecutors also claim that Kellie herself reaped tens of thousands of dollars from real estate work and her photography business. No money was reported, according to billing documents. There are also alleged infractions involving different homes they bought in Minnesota and Florida – not to mention a new BMW they allegedly registered in Florida but had serviced more than 10 times in Minnesota.
And, get this … prosecutors also allege that Derek and Kellie spoke about these tax issues over the phone while in custody in June. They claim that Derek told Kellie that people are looking in their files, and allege that Kellie replied that she was meeting someone about “(2016) until now”.
They go on to claim that Chauvin told Kellie to use the same person “that we’ve been used to dealing with for many years”. This person appears to have been Derek’s own father, as prosecutors say Kellie replied, “Yeah well we don’t want to involve your dad because he’ll just be mad at me, I mean we don’t. do for years … “
Long story short, we’re talking a lot of money and alleged wrongdoing here – and if they’re found guilty on every single count … they could face up to five years in prison.
Of course, these legal issues are in addition to charges of second degree murder and manslaughter Chauvin faces George’s death earlier in May. He remains behind bars with his bail set at $ 1.25 million. He has yet to argue in favor of the case.
As for Kellie … she recently filed for divorce and allegedly just got a judge’s agreement to have the case sealed for confidentiality and security reasons, with Hizzoner citing the constant harassment as a consideration to keep it a secret.