Former officer Derek Chauvin, his wife charged with multiple tax crimes

They're accused of not reporting all of their income and not filing Minnesota taxes for a few years, despite being residents.
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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, now faces tax fraud charges, accused of failing to properly file his income taxes in Minnesota for the past few years.

Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged Wednesday via summons in Washington County with six counts of false or fraudulent returns and three counts of failure to file a return, all felonies. 

His wife, Kellie May Chauvin, 45, faces the same charges, according to a criminal complaint. The Minnesota Reformer notes she has filed for divorce, but it is still pending. 

“When you fail to fulfill the basic obligation to file and pay taxes, you are taking money from the pockets of citizens of Minnesota. Our office has and will continue to file these charges when presented. Whether you are a prosecutor or police officer, or you are doctor or a Realtor, no one is above the law," Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said in a statement.  

According to the criminal complaints, the Chauvins filed a late tax return in 2014, a timely tax return in 2015 and then did not file Minnesota income taxes from 2016-2018, despite meeting threshold in state law that require them to file taxes as Minnesota residents. 

Investigators determined the Chauvins' income was "significantly" over the threshold requirements and they were Minnesota residents as they lived, worked and had "significant connections" to Minnesota, the complaints state. 

The complaints say from 2014-2017, the Chauvins owned and lived in two homes in Woodbury and between 2014-2015, they classified their Woodbury home as a residential homestead. Between 2015-2017, they classified their Woodbury home as a residential non-homestead. 

On Aug. 2, 2017, the Chauvins bought and resided at a home in Oakdale, which they classified as a non-homestead. The Chauvins have also owned a home in Windermere, Florida, since October 2011. There is no homestead exemption on the Florida property. 

The criminal complaints say Derek Chauvin failed to report his additional income from serving as off-duty security at El Nuevo Rodeo, Cub Foods, Midtown Global Market and EME Antro Bar, charges state. He also didn't report income when he worked as a Realtor in 2017. 

Meanwhile, Kellie Chauvin didn't report all of her income she received as a Realtor or through her photography business, the complaint notes.

The couple also did not properly report capital gains taxes and bought a BMW in Minnesota, but registered the vehicle in Florida because it was cheaper, the complaints said. 

Derek Chauvin is currently in custody at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights. Kellie Chauvin is not in custody.  

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