George Floyd killing suspect ‘dodged tax on luxury BMW and second job’

The ex-police officer accused of George Floyd’s murder has been charged with tax evasion – including claims he dodged tax on a BMW and didn’t declare thousands earned from security work.

Derek Chauvin and his wife are both charged with six counts of filing false or fraudulent state tax returns from 2014 to 2019.

This allegedly means they underreported their joint income by $464,433 (£394,000) – meaning they owe nearly $38,000 (£32,000).

They also face three charges of failing to file their tax returns.

Prosecutors claim Chauvin, 44, earned more than $95,000 (£80,000) over six years working security at a restaurant – but did not report it as income.

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They also say the couple did not pay proper sales tax on a $100,000 (£85,000) BMW by registering it in Florida, where they have a property, instead of Minnesota where it was bought and the location of their main home.

Chauvin’s wife, Kellie Chauvin, filed for divorce after Mr Floyd’s killing.

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She is an estate agent and also has a photography business called KC Images.

Investigators claim that 340 cheques totalling more than $66,000 (£56,000) received by the business were not reported as income in 2014 and 2015.

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Kellie Chauvin said she knew she had to file tax returns but told investigators “it got away from her,” according to the charges.

The investigation into the couple was started in June by the the Minnesota Department of Revenue and Oakdale Police Department, said lawyer Pete Orput.

Chauvin remains in custody, charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter over the death of George Floyd.

Mr Floyd died on 25 May after Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck for eight minutes – despite numerous pleas from the handcuffed man that he could not breathe.

Chauvin and the other officers at the scene were fired and the killing sparked anti-racism protests across the world.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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