George Floyd killer Derek Chauvin pleads guilty to federal tax evasion
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is serving a 22-year sentence for the murder of George Floyd, pleaded guilty to tax evasion in Minnesota on Friday, reports BBC. The man has admitted that he hid tens of thousands of dollars from the state.
According to a report by NBC, Chauvin pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion, entering the plea in Minnesota court before Washington County Judge Sheridan Hawley. According to a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, he was sentenced to 13 months in prison.
The May 2020 murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, led to mass protests across the United States. The murder was captured on video and sparked civil rights protests across the US.
Shortly after Floyd’s death, Chavin and his ex-wife, Kellie May Chauvin, were charged with tax evasion. The BBC report says she pleaded guilty to the same charges last month and is expected to be sentenced to community service at a hearing in May. The former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Friday during a virtual hearing from a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona.
He did not pay taxes on $464,433 in general income from 2014 to 2019, including $95,000 he earned as an off-duty security officer.
Kelly Chauvin, who worked as a real estate agent and ran a photography business, filed for divorce after the murder charges were announced.
Together they owe the state $37,868, including unpaid taxes, interest and fees, officials told NBC.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, officials began to suspect tax fraud after interviewing Chauvin’s father, an accountant preparing his 2014-15 taxes.
Chauvin suggested they get help from someone “who we’ve been dealing with for years,” the newspaper reported.
Chauvin, who is white, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to violating the civil rights of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, in the May 2020 arrest for allegedly using a $20 bill fake mules to buy a pack of cigarettes.
Chauvin was serving a 22-and-a-half-year sentence after being found guilty of state murder over Floyd’s death, which has sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the country. USA.
Chauvin also pleaded guilty to violating the constitutional rights of a 14-year-old boy in a separate case.
In that 2017 incident, Chauvin held the handcuffed boy face down on the ground and hit him on the head with a flashlight several times.