Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering African-American man George Floyd has been charged with multiple felony counts of tax evasion.
Mr Chauvin and his estranged wife, Kellie Chauvin, were each charged in Washington County yesterday with six counts of aiding and abetting filing false or fraudulent tax returns and three counts of aiding and abetting failing to file state tax returns, after failing to report income from various jobs, and allegedly owe nearly $38,000 (£30,000) to the state of Minnesota.
They are also accused of underreporting their joint income by $464,433 from 2014 to 2019. This includes money Mr Chauvin made doing off-duty security work and weekend shifts at a restaurant.
Mr Chauvin was the officer filmed pressing his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes before he died back in May, and sparked global protests and calls for police reform.
Mr Chauvin was fired from his job and now faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers were also fired and charged with aiding and abetting murder.