Todd and Julie Chrisley pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud following a 12-count indictment by a grand jury. Now a police report obtained by TMZ indicates that Todd’s estranged daughter, Lindsie Chrisley, filed a police report in Georgia last month accusing her father of extortion and harassment related to a sex tape.
The past week has not been a good one for reality tv star Todd Chrisley. On Tuesday, a Federal Grand Jury indicted Chrisley and his wife Julie on 12 -counts of bank fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. According to the indictment, the couple is accused of altering bank records to obtain loans. Additionally, the indictment says the couple hid their assets and income in a shell company to prevent the IRS from collecting a tax debt of over $700,000.00.
Following the indictment by the Grand Jury, Todd and Julie Chrisley turned themselves in to the FBI on Wednesday. During their first court appearance, the Christian reality tv stars pleaded not guilty to all charges. The judge released them on $100,000 unsecured appearance bonds.
As a part of their bond conditions, the couple was given travel restrictions. They can only travel to Georgia and parts of Tennesse. Additionally, the court will allow them to travel to California to film their reality series. However, trips to California need to be preapproved by their probation officers.
The situation with the Chrisleys got more complicated when TMZ obtained a copy of a police report from Georgia. According to the report, Lindsie Chrisley says her father and brother Chase threatened to release a sex tape of hers if she didn’t agree to lie about an “incident.” Lindsie told police that she believed her brother purchased the sex tape.
Sources connected to the family told TMZ that the incident related to Lindsie Chrisley’s testimony about the tax evasion. Yesterday Kyle Chrisley, another son of Todd’s from a previous marriage, accused Lindsie and his mother of reporting his father to authorities for tax evasion. Kyle blamed his sister and mother for lying to authorities about the taxes and stated his father did not break the law.
According to the police report, Todd and Chase Chrisley demanded that Lindsie lies to authorities about the incident to cover-up the alleged crime. Unfortunately, the Georgia police dismissed the report because the alleged extortion occurred in Tennessee outside of their jurisdiction.
Once the police report leaked, Todd Chrisley denied he threatened to release his daughter’s sex tape. Chrisley told TMZ that Lindsie is lying about everything. Additionally, he said he and Chase never purchased the sex tape. However, Todd Chrisley did not deny the existence of the sex tape. He told TMZ the tape included a “Bachelor” star.
A family source told TMZ that Todd Chrisley believes his ex-wife and daughter are to blame for the tax evasion indictments. Lindsie Chrisley’s attorney denied that she leaked anything to authorities related to the taxes.
The case against Todd Chrisley becomes more interesting with each passing day. He blames a former employee for the fraud indictments and his daughter and ex-wife for the tax evasion charges. However, the Department of Justice released a statement saying the tax evasion charges were the result of FBI and IRS investigations related to unpaid tax debt.
“In February 2017, Todd Chrisley publicly claimed on a national radio program “obviously the federal government likes my tax returns because I pay 750,000 to 1 million dollars just about every year so the federal government doesn’t have a problem with my taxes.” However, Todd and Julie Chrisley allegedly did not timely file income tax returns for the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 tax years or timely pay federal income taxes for any of those years.Instead, the Chrisleys and Tarantino allegedly took steps to obstruct IRS collection efforts, which included hiding income, lying to third parties about their tax returns, and – in Tarantino’s case – lying to FBI and IRS-CI Special Agents.”
Additionally, the indictment states that IRS agents had attempted to collect the outstanding tax debt from Chrisley for years. With the IRS and FBI leading the investigation, the likelihood that his daughter could be to blame is highly unlikely.
With Todd Chrisley pointing fingers at everyone else for the crimes, he seems unlikely to take responsibility for his actions. His attorney’s issued a statement to Deadline denying the charges and proclaimed the couple’s innocence.
“For quite some time now, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia has been conducting an investigation of Todd and Julie Chrisley based for the most part on the demonstrably false allegations of a former officer of a company they owned jointly. We saw the results of this effort yesterday—an indictment against Todd, Julie, and their accountant that relies largely if not entirely on emails that we know Todd never sent but rather were fabricated by this former employee.”
The U.S. Attorney BJ Pak says the case against the Chrisleys is robust and contains a lot of evidence the couple committed fraud. Additionally, Pak said the government would be seeking prison sentences for the crimes if the couple is convicted. Todd and Julie Chrisley face up to 30-years in prison if convicted on the charges.
Todd Chrisley uses his reality tv show to promote his fundamental Christain beliefs. However, the wholesome family image Chrisley portrays on the show might be all a facade.
With the pending criminal case by the Federal government, we will have to wait to see what happens next.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles related to trending topics and crime on her column.