It took only one look at Todd Chrisley‘s overly-taut face skin for me to know that he, in fact, does not know best. The reality TV mess and real estate “magnate” has been charged with 12 counts of financial crimes in Georgia. Yes, another day, another rich person getting charged with tax evasion. Luckily for him, he’s an American citizen so he can’t get deported for it–sorry Joe Giudice.
NBC News says that yesterday, Todd and his wife Julie Chrisley, who are on USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best and the spin-off Growing Up Chrisley, were charged in a 12-count indictment courtesy of an Atlanta grand jury. Their family accountant, Peter Tarantino (no relation to Quentin), was also charged.
The charges will be familiar to anyone who’s read a story about a rich person trying to scam the government out of contributing to pesky, useless things like public education and infrastructure. The charges include wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the United States government.
The charges are coming from Georgia’s Northern District and are related to the family’s time living in Roswell and Alpharetta. They live in Nashville now. Back in 2017, the Atlanta area television station WSB-TV reported that the Chrisleys were under investigation in Georgia for this exact thing, so clearly this has been something the feds have been working on for a while.
WBTV reports that part of this indictment is related to the Chrisleys not reporting their reality TV income to the IRS. In response to this news, Todd hopped on Instagram to explain himself:
“I’ve never talked about this publicly before, but there’s been a cloud hanging over Julie and me and out 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… it involved all kinds of really bad stuff like creating phony documents, forging our signatures, and threatening other employees with violence if they said anything. We even discovered he illegally bugged our home Needless to say, we fired the guy and took him to court… 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.”
He went on to say that the investigation was dropped because they convinced the feds that this was the work of a spiteful ex-employee. But then the ex-employee went to a different group of investigators and the case was re-opened. And here we are now:
“I’m telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of. Not only do we know we’ve done nothing wrong, but we’ve got a ton of hard evidence and a bunch of corroborating witnesses that proves it.”
Todd and Julie turned themselves into the federal government this morning:
#Breaking (thread):Todd and Julie Chrisley have turned themselves into the FBI. They came to Atlanta to turn in this morning. Will appear in federal court today for first appearance. ICYMI: Here's the federal indictment news we broke yesterday:https://t.co/JfrFitMjzP @wsbtv
— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) August 14, 2019
I can’t wait for the mug shots. That fluorescent police bulb is going to do damage to the hyaluronic acid embedded in Todd’s skin–it’s going to look terrible. I can’t wait. Time will tell if these rich white folk actually do go down for their financial crimes. Chances are slim. Even if they do, they’ll just do like a year with a bunch of other lackluster criminals. And hey, since Todd embraces the gays, he won’t be weirded out by the gayness in prisons.