The judge overseeing the criminal cases against four ex-police officers charged in the May 25 killing of George Floyd vacated his previous gag order Tuesday that restricted comments by lawyers and others associated with the cases. The Hill reported that the couple faces "six counts of filing false or fraudulent tax returns for the years spanning from 2014 through 2019".
A Minnesota judge on Tuesday lifted the gag order in the case against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd, which sparked nationwide protests and conversations about racial injustice this spring.
The investigation began in June, after the Minnesota Department of Revenue received information about suspicious tax filings by Derek Chauvin.
Other allegations in the complaint include that the Chauvins did not pay Minnesota taxes on a 2018 purchase of $US100,000 BMW, that they bought from a Minnesota dealership but instead registered the auto in Florida. They owed $US21,853 in taxes, which after interest and fees is now $US37,868 of debt to the government, according to the complaint. Floyd, a Black handcuffed man, died May 25 after Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes. As protestors against systemic racism and injustice filled the streets, Chauvin found himself charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter; he is now doing jail time with a bail set at $1.25 million.
County Attorney Pete Orput was quoted by the legal website as saying that Floyd's death had no bearing on the decision to prosecute the tax evasion case.
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The Chauvins' underreported income from 2014 to 2019 totaled more than $464,000 and they allegedly owed almost $22,000 in taxes, the Star Tribune reported. Documents show the couple did not file their tax returns for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Prosecutors say they bought the vehicle in Minnetonka but listed their Florida address as their home address.
Derek Chauvin was listed as a Florida resident on his real estate license on file with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which had a Florida mailing address.
They avoided almost $400 in fees by paying Florida taxes instead of Minnesota taxes.
Lane's attorney filed police body camera footage of the May 25 incident with the court earlier this month as part of a request to dismiss charges against him.
Apparently, Chauvin and his estranged wife Kellie face nine felony tax charges, stemming from the fact that neither opted to pay Minnesota state taxes for several years among other monetary wrongdoings.