A DIVORCE deal between George Floyd cop Derek Chauvin and his wife has been thrown out by a judge – who warned of possible FRAUD.
Former beauty queen Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce on May 31, days after her husband was charged with murdering Floyd by kneeling on his neck in Minneapolis.
They agreed a deal to give almost all his assets to her – leading some lawyers to speculate it could be a “divorce of convenience” to dodge civil lawsuits.
Now the settlement has been rejected by Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune.
She said in a ruling that judges can deny an uncontested agreement between a couple if “the transfer features ‘badges of fraud’.”
The judge added: “The Court has a duty to ensure that marriage dissolution agreements are fair and equitable.
“One badge of fraud is a party’s transfer of ‘substantially all’ of his or her assets.”
Under the agreement, Kellie would have received all the equity in their two homes, all the money in their bank and investment accounts and all the money from Derek’s pension and retirement accounts.
The judge did not accuse the Chauvins of fraud or discuss motives.
But divorce attorneys said the “rare” ruling adds to suspicions that Derek and Kellie Chauvin are trying to protect their assets against potential lawsuits.
Marc Beyer told the Star Tribune: “This is just speculation, but it’s possible it was intentionally drafted to get assets out of Chauvin’s name in anticipation of a civil judgment against him from the estate of George Floyd.
“That may be what the court is getting at when it references ‘badges of fraud.’ ”
Attorneys for the couple did not comment to the local paper.
Lawyers for George Floyd’s family filed a federal lawsuit in July against the city of Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin and three of his colleagues who assisted in the fatal arrest on May 25.
Family attorney Benjamin Crump said they would seek “a precedent that makes it financially prohibitive for police to wrongfully kill marginalized people.”
Video of Floyd gasping “I can’t breathe” as Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the US and around the world.
All four officers involved were fired by the force and charged in the case. Their trial is scheduled for March 8.
The Chauvins’ divorce case is listed for pre-trial on March 26.
The judge could divide their assets unless they submit a revised settlement that she is happy with.
Unrelated court documents and property records seen by the Star Tribune offer a peek into their assets.