Chauvin and Wife Now Charged with Minnesota Tax Crimes  

On July 22, Derek Chauvin and his wife, Kellie Chauvin, were charged with Minnesota felony tax crimes dating back to 2014 that allege failure to report more than $460,000 in income — at least $96,000 of that in his off-duty security work. This resulted in their illegal failure to pay $21,853 in Minnesota taxes, which with interest and late filing and fraud penalties, amounts to $37,868.[1]

These charges were filed in Washington County District Court in Stillwater, Minnesota. County Attorney Pete Orput said the investigation of the two “was in the works well before” Derek Chauvin was charged with Floyd’s death. Orput added that his office was contacted in June by the state Department of Revenue officials with what they found, including getting no responses from the Chauvins to letters about no returns having been filed for certain years.

Could these charges also signal possible charges for failure to pay federal income taxes?

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[1] Walsh, Fired Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, wife charged with tax crimes, StarTribune (July 22, 2020);  Horner, Derek Chauvin, officer in George Floyd death, charged with felony tax fraud in Washington County, Twin Cities Pioneer Press (July 22, 2020); Ex-officer accused in killing of George Floyd also charged with tax crimes, Wash. Post (July 22, 2020); Read the tax charges against fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, StarTribune (July 22, 2020).

 

 

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As a retired lawyer and adjunct law professor, Duane W. Krohnke has developed strong interests in U.S. and international law, politics and history. He also is a Christian and an active member of Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church. His blog draws from these and other interests. He delights in the writing freedom of blogging that does not follow a preordained logical structure. The ex post facto logical organization of the posts and comments is set forth in the continually being revised “List of Posts and Comments–Topical” in the Pages section on the right side of the blog.

3 thoughts on “Chauvin and Wife Now Charged with Minnesota Tax Crimes  ”

  1. Chauvin Appears in State Court on Tax Evasion Charges

    On September 8, Derek Chauvin appeared remotely from state prison at a hearing on his state tax evasion charges before Judge Sheridan Hawley, Washington County District Court, Stillwater, Minnesota.

    The Judge ordered that if Chauvin were to post bail and be relesed from state prison on his charges of murder and manslaughter of George Floyd, he would not be required to poost monetary bail on the tax evasion charges, but he would have to comply with standard conditions, including attending all future court dates and remain law-abiding.

    The Judge also set the next hearing in this case for October 30.

    Olson, Chauvin appears in court on tax evasion charges, StarTribune (Sept. 9, 2020)
    https://www.startribune.com/former-mpls-officer-chauvin-appears-in-court-on-tax-evasion-charges/572349862/

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