More of those conservative Christian “family values” – Todd and Julie Chrisley, stars of the reality show “Chrisley Knows Best,” and promoters of conservative Christian “family values,” have been indicted on multiple counts of tax evasion and fraud.
Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley have turned themselves in after being indicted on multiple counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Georgia said the two self-surrendered on Wednesday.
The following is an excerpt from a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia:
A federal grand jury has indicted Todd and Julie Chrisley, the stars of the reality television show Chrisley Knows Best, on multiple counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. The Chrisleys’ accountant, Peter Tarantino, has also been indicted on tax-related offenses.
In the statement, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak declared:
Todd and Julie Chrisley are charged not only with defrauding a number of banks by fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans, but also with allegedly cheating taxpayers by actively evading paying federal taxes on the money they earned.
Celebrities face the same justice that everyone does. These are serious federal charges and they will have their day in court.
Commenting on the case, Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, said:
The reality of this indictment is that the FBI takes allegations of bank fraud and wire fraud very seriously and devotes many resources to protecting the institutions and citizens affected by those crimes. The Chrisleys’ will now have their day in court, but anyone else considering this type of alleged activity should take notice.
Todd Chrisley denies any wrongdoing, and claims that he and his wife are innocent of all charges. In a lengthy post to Instagram the reality star made his case, at one point declaring:
I’ve never talked about this publicly before, but there’s been a cloud hanging over Julie and me and our entire family for the past seven years. It all started back in 2012, when we discovered that a trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time.
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Todd continued, claiming that the case “involved all kinds of really bad stuff like creating phony documents, forging our signatures, and threatening other employees with violence if they said anything.”
Todd went on about the supposed “trusted employee” who betrayed the family, claiming:
We even discovered that he illegally bugged our home. Needless to say, we fired the guy and took him to court — and that’s when the real trouble started. To get revenge, he took a bunch of his phony documents to the U.S. Attorney’s office and told them we had committed all kinds of financial crimes, like tax evasion and bank fraud.
Later in the rant, Todd cited the Bible, insinuating that God was on his side:
Anyway, when all is said and done, we trust in God and God says to us in Jeremiah 51:36, ‘I will defend you. I will be your lawyer. I will plead your case.’ We know that if and when this goes to court, the truth will prevail and the charges against us will be exposed for the outrageous lies they are,” said the reality star. “As it says in Proverbs 3:5-6, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.’
If convicted, Todd and Julie Chrisley face up to 30 years in prison.
Bottom line: Todd and Julie Chrisley, stars of the reality show “Chrisley Knows Best,” and promoters of conservative Christian “family values,” have been indicted on multiple counts of tax evasion and fraud.