Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his wife Kellie May Chauvin have been charged with nine counts of tax fraud.
The complaint filed Wednesday by the State of Minnesota alleges that Derek Chauvin and his wife filed a late tax return in 2014 and failed to file tax returns in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In addition, Derek Chauvin failed to report and pay taxes on off-duty income as required by the Minnesota Police Department Manual. Further, Kellie May Chauvin failed to report her earnings from her realtor position and from her photography business.
In 2018, the Chauvins purchased an BMW in Minnesota, however, they listed their home address as the Windermere, Florida property because it was cheaper to register a car in Florida. As a result, the Chauvins paid Florida taxes on the car. Since the BMW was owned and operated in Minnesota, the Chauvins were required to pay Minnesota taxes on the car, which were more expensive than the Florida taxes.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput stated, “when you fail to fulfill the basic obligation to file and pay taxes, you are taking money from the pocket so citizens of Minnesota. Our office has and will continue to file these charges when presented. Whether you are a prosecutor or police office, or you are a doctor or realtor, no one is above the law.”
The Chauvins were aware of their duty to pay Minnesota income taxes as a “request for a missing return” letter was sent in 2019 and subsequently in 2020. The pair was warned about the potential of criminal charges being brought against them, however no action was taken on their behalf.
Derek Chauvin is currently being held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights for the death of George Floyd.