There’s more legal trouble for the former Minneapolis police officer at the center of the George Floyd case, reports Jennifer Mayerle (2:16).
WCCO 4 News At 10 - July 22, 2020
- More legal trouble for the former Minneapolis police officer at the center of the George Floyd case.
- Derek Chauvin and his estranged wife Kelly now face felony tax-evasion charges. WCCOs Jennifer Mayerle found out what they're accused of and what happens next.
JENNIFER MAYERLE: Court documents filed Wednesday revealed Derek Chauvin and Kellie, who has filed for divorce, are accused of not reporting and underreporting hundreds of thousands of dollars of income.
SCOTT HALDEMAN: They're accused of not filing tax returns for the years of 2016, '17, and '18. The Chauvins did file returns in 2014 and '15 but severely underreported the income in those returns.
JENNIFER MAYERLE: Assistant Washington County Attorney Scott Haldeman says the investigation began days after the death of George Floyd when the Department of Revenue received information about the Chauvins. Investigators searched the Chauvins' Oakdale home, looked at bank records, and talked with employers.
Derek Chauvin worked off-duty security jobs. The criminal complaint alleges he didn't report the additional income in 2014 and '15. Similarly, Kellie is charged with not reporting income from her side jobs, and they're accused of not filing any returns, including extra income, for three years.
Haldeman says once Kellie learned of the investigation she tried to file for the missing years but again admitted extra income.
SCOTT HALDEMAN: It tells me that it was a willful act and that there was intention there behind not filing these returns.
JENNIFER MAYERLE: During a June interview with investigators the complaint says Kellie, quote, "told investigators that she had not filed income tax returns because it got away from her." And during a recorded phone call with Derek Chauvin in jail she allegedly said, "Yeah, well, we don't want to get your dad involved because he will just be mad at me-- I mean, us-- for not doing them for years."
SCOTT HALDEMAN: It certainly bolsters the case.
JENNIFER MAYERLE: By the numbers, the Chauvins are accused of underreporting more than $450,000 of income and owed more than $20,000. With penalties and interest, they now owe $37,868.
In Washington County, Jennifer Mayerle WCCO News.
- If convicted, each of the nine charges carry a penalty of up to five years and up to a $10,000 fine. We did reach out to the Chauvins' attorneys. Neither provided a comment on the charges.