Officer Found Guilty Of Killing George Floyd Enters A Guilty Plea To Tax Evasion

The former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd in 2020 entered a guilty plea to two counts of tax evasion on Friday. He acknowledged that he failed to submit Minnesota income taxes for two years because of “financial problems.”

In particular, Derek Chauvin admitted guilt on two charges of aiding and abetting failure to submit Minnesota state tax returns for the 2016 and 2017 tax years.

From a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, where he is serving time for both a state murder conviction for the death of Floyd and a federal count of violating Floyd’s civil rights, Chauvin appeared in court in Minnesota through Zoom.

At the start of the hearing on Friday, he stood in a room and paced around. He explained to Washington County Judge Sheridan Hawley that “the genuine reason is some financial concerns at the time” when the judge questioned him about why he had not filed his Minnesota tax filings.

He added, “I’ve been playing catch up ever since I had to obtain considerable monies from family to pay a previous year’s return.

He was handed a 13-month prison term for the tax charges, but due to his prior incarceration, he received credit for time previously served.

Floyd passed away on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, a white male, kept his knee firmly over Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Floyd claimed he couldn’t breathe repeatedly while being shackled. The murder, which was seen on camera by a bystander, led to protests across the globe as part of a larger discussion about racial injustice.

Chauvin and his then-wife were prosecuted with many counts for allegedly failing to submit Minnesota tax forms and underreporting their income to the state of Minnesota not long after Floyd was killed. The Chauvins allegedly underreported their combined income by $464,433 from 2014 to 2019.

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The Chauvins, who have since divorced, owe the state $37,868 in unpaid taxes, interest, and fees, according to court records.

After evidence concerning suspicious filings by Derek Chauvin that was sent to the Minnesota Department of Revenue in June 2020, the tax investigation got under way. The organization launched a formal investigation after conducting a quick internal examination.

The investigation concluded that the Chauvins had failed to file state tax returns for 2016, 2017, or 2018, as well as for 2014 and 2015. The Chauvins did not disclose all of their income in those years either, according to the accusations, when tax returns for the years 2016 through 2019 were filed in June 2020.

The allegations claimed that between 2014 and 2020, Chauvin worked as a security guard off-duty at several businesses and earned money that was subject to taxation. Authorities think he earned roughly $95,920 at one employment during those six years but did not disclose it.

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