Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and been sentenced to 13 months in prison. He and his ex-wife underreported their taxable income between 2014-19.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting tax fraud. Chauvin, who is serving a 22-year sentence for the murder of George Floyd, underreported his taxable income from 2014 to 2019 with his now ex-wife, Kellie May Chauvin. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution. Kellie May Chauvin pleaded guilty to the same charges last month and is expected to be sentenced to community service in May. The charges cover a period when they were married and filing taxes jointly. Officials began investigating tax fraud after interviews with Chauvin’s father, an accountant who prepared his 2014-15 taxes. The probe found that the couple did not report their entire income in 2014 and 2015, and did not file tax returns at all in 2016, 2017 or 2018. They ultimately failed to pay more than $20,000 and have been ordered to pay state tax officials nearly $38,000 in restitution. Friday’s sentence will run concurrently with Chauvin’s murder conviction as well as his later sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights during the murder.