Thursday, 23 July 2020

More troubles for George Floyd’s killer Cop: As Derek Chauvin and Wife now face 9 count criminal Tax charges

Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis cop charged with murdering George Floyd now has more legal trouble on his hands as him and his estranged wife, Kellie, were each hit Wednesday with 9 felony counts related to their alleged failure to pay state taxes in Minnesota.

The charges include counts for aiding and abetting the filing of false or fraudulent returns and additional counts for failing to file returns at all. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, officials in Washington County, Minnesota claim the couple's tax issues date back to 2014 and they're accused of not filing at all for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018. They each face the same 9 counts.

Specifically, investigators claim the couple was significantly under-reporting their combined income. For instance, prosecutors say Derek was raking in tens of thousands of dollars on top of his police officer salary at MPD between side security gigs -- one of which prosecutors estimate totaled upwards of $95k between 2014-2019 - as well as other odd jobs.

Of course, these legal woes are on top of the second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Chauvin faces in connection to George's killing earlier in May. He remains behind bars with his bail set at $1.25 million. He hasn't entered a plea yet in the case.

As for Kellie ... she recently filed for divorce and just reportedly got the okay from a judge to have the case sealed for privacy and safety concerns, with hizzoner citing constant harassment as a consideration in keeping it under wraps, writes TMZ.