Derek Chauvin pleads guilty in tax evasion case

The former Minneapolis police officer was charged along with his ex-wife, Kellie Chauvin

Derek Chauvin booking photo, April 20, 2021. (Photo courtesy Minnesota Department of Corrections)
Derek Chauvin booking photo, April 20, 2021.
Minnesota Department of Corrections

MINNEAPOLIS — The former Minneapolis police officer imprisoned for the murder of George Floyd pleaded guilty Friday, March 17, in Washington County District Court to two counts of tax evasion.

Derek Chauvin, who appeared for the hearing via Zoom from the Arizona prison where he is serving a 22½-year sentence for killing Floyd and violating his civil rights, was first charged in 2020, along with his ex-wife, with underreporting their income.

He pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of aiding and abetting, failure to file tax returns in 2017 and 2018.

His former wife, Kellie Chauvin, pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion in a hearing last month. She filed for divorce two days after Floyd's death, but the charges cover a time when they were married and filing jointly.

The state alleged that they failed to pay $21,853 in taxes on income from 2014 through 2019, largely from security jobs at restaurants and bars that Chauvin did on the side while working as a Minneapolis police officer and from Kellie's photography business.


Penalties and interest on the unpaid taxes pushed the couple's obligation to $37,868, according to court documents.

In the plea deal, the state dropped seven of nine charges and Chauvin was handed a 13-month sentence with credit for 13 months already served. No fine was imposed, and Chauvin agreed to pay restitution in an amount to be determined later.

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