Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley appear to be in a lot of trouble after getting sentenced for bank fraud and tax evasion.
The reality television couple best known for their USA Network series Chrisley Knows Best was deemed guilty of federal charges in June.
They were accused of years of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
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Reality television star Julie Chrisley and her husband Todd were sentenced to years in prison on Monday.
The verdict was made five months after they were found guilty of federal fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Julie was sentenced to 7 years in prison, while Todd received 12. In June, a federal jury in Atlanta found them of bank fraud, hiding wealth from tax authorities, and conspiracy.
They were alleged of conspiring to defraud Atlanta-area banks out of over $30 million in fraudulent loans in a scheme that continued for years.
Further, Julie was found guilty of wire fraud and obstruction of justice. The pair’s former accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also found guilty of tax fraud for filing falsified corporate tax returns on their behalf.
Moreover, the celebrity duo was accused of submitting fake documents for bank loan requisition and using a production Company to hide income from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), all while displaying their lavish lifestyle on T.V.
Prosecutors claimed that while the Chrisleys were earning millions from their television show and other entertainment ventures, they evaded Todd’s 2009 delinquent taxes and did not make timely file tax returns from 2013 to 2016.
“The Chrisleys have built an empire based on the lie that their wealth came from dedication and hard work,” prosecutors wrote.
They added that the jury made a unanimous verdict that the two were career swindlers who had made a living via lies and fraud.
Prosecutors had recommended Julie to be sentenced to 10 to 12.5 years and Todd to get 17.5 to 22 years, noting their “arrogance merits special consideration.”
They also argued, “their criminal conduct was driven by greed, not a necessity.”
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Todd Chrisley’s lawyers filed a response to the prosecution’s motion asking for a reduced sentence.
They stated that his incarnation would “severely and negatively” impact several people, including his mother and the ones who “are employed in the production and filming of the Chrisley television shows.”
The couple’s family and friends also provided character witnesses supporting a reduced sentence. In August, they reportedly filed a joint motion for a new trial through their lawyers.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that Julie’s lawyers claimed her having a minimal role in the conspiracy and requested for her to receive a sentence of probation, restitution, and community service,
Quite ironically, in September, Todd said on his Chrisley Confessions podcast that he believed the truth to prevail eventually.
“I’m filled with the Holy Spirit. I have peace that God is working overtime. Satan will never outwork God,” he said.
Julie is currently 49, whereas Todd is 53 at the time of their arrest. The incarnation means they will be out at 56 and 65, respectively.
Tod and Julie married in 1996 and have three children: Chase, daughter Savannah and son Grayson.
He was previously married to his high school sweetheart, Teresa Terry, from 1990 to 1996, with whom he shares daughter Lindsie and son Kyle.