You know them from the hit reality series ‘Christley Knows Best’, Todd Christley and his wife Julie are in deep trouble with the IRS!
A federal grand jury in Atlanta on Tuesday indicted reality television star Todd Chrisley on tax evasion and other charges.
The 12-count indictment issued against the “Chrisley Knows Best” star and his wife, Julie, also includes charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said at a news conference.
Allan Mayer, a representative for Chrisley, said in an email Tuesday afternoon that his client’s lawyers hadn’t seen the indictment and couldn’t comment. Chrisley, in an online post released before the indictment was announced, denied any wrongdoing.
Accountant Peter Tarantino was charged in the indictment with conspiracy to defraud the United States and aiding the filing of a false tax return. A woman who answered the phone at his office Tuesday afternoon said he was with a client and would have no comment.
“Chrisley Knows Best” follows the tight-knit, boisterous family living in the Nashville area. Much of the series emphasizes Todd Chrisley’s obsessive yet comedic efforts to keep tabs on three of his kids, two of whom are in their 20s, and his mother.
The series has aired on USA for seven seasons and recently premiered a spinoff called “Growing Up Chrisley,” featuring his kids Chase and Savannah, who move to Los Angeles. Todd Chrisley also briefly hosted a talk show, “According to Chrisley,” for the network. Todd and Julie Chrisley also have a podcast called “Chrisley Confessions.”
The family moved to Tennessee a few years ago, but the criminal charges stem from when they lived in Atlanta’s northern suburbs.
The couple could be facing 30 years in prison!
Officials claim Todd and Julie set up a production company, called 7C’s Productions, which served as a loan-out company for all the money earned through their popular reality show, “Chrisley Knows Best,” which airs on the USA Network.
The documents claim millions of dollars were deposited into the production company account over the years, but the reality stars did not file tax returns in time for 2014, 2015 or 2016.
When the taxes were paid, officials claim the numbers are bogus and that actual amounts were falsified as to mask how much money was actually owed.
Officials claim that “throughout the conspiracy,” Todd and Julie knowingly went on lavish spending sprees, dropping thousands of dollars at electronic stores, luxury retail stores and other purchases … but claimed they did not have enough cash to pay off their outstanding tax debt.
They also allege Julie falsified financial documents by physically cutting and gluing figures from different documents.
The Chrisley’s, who also have a spinoff show, “Growing Up Chrisley,” allegedly said they could not afford to pay their taxes, but officials had been watching their spending and believe they were lying.
Todd claims much of the evidence against him was falsified by an ex-employee, and officials lay out some of the evidence they collected in the case, including text messages and emails from Todd allegedly instructing the man to commit fraud.
One such message, allegedly sent from Todd, reads, “you are a f—ing genius!” when responding to a conversation about fabricating documents for a gigantic loan.
Another message, allegedly from Todd, states that he is unhappy with the ability to falsify information.
The message reads,
“giving me an excuse as to why you can not [sic] figure this out does not move it off your plate., this is not what we discussed, passing it back and forth is not getting the results requested, if you do not know how to do this then find a crooked accountant to do it. Ask [redacted] who her guy uses for his crooked shit.”
Todd denies all the allegations and is adamant the evidence submitted to the feds has been fabricated.