Todd And Julie Chrisley Have Been Sentenced To A Combined 19 Years In Prison For Tax Evasion
Chrisley Knows Prison Time! 53-year-old Todd and 49-year-old Julie Chrisley of the USA Network reality show Chrisley Knows Best will do actual time behind bars after being found guilty of federal tax evasion charges this past June. The couple faced up to 30 years of prison time. Yesterday, Todd was sentenced to 12 years in prison, and Julie received seven years. Wow, a rich famous reality star got prison time for financial foolery!? Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jen Shah must be shaking in her boots right now.
Chrisley Knows Best should maybe change its title to Chrisley Knows Best How To Land In Prison For Tax Evasion. Back in 2019, the Chrisleys got hit with tax evasion charges by the state of Georgia, but because they’re slippery rich people, they were cleared of state charges. The Chrisleys’ lawyer had placed blame on their former employee, Mark Braddock, for committing the tax fraud that insanely benefited the Chrisleys without them knowing about it. Prosecutors laughed at that since Mark was fired in 2012, and their tax fraud continued after they cut ties. A jury eventually found the Chrisleys guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and tax fraud.
The couple tried to get out of suffering consequences, and their lawyers asked for reduced sentences and claimed that going to jail would negatively impact all the people they employ and Todd’s mother. Um… okay. The Chrisleys’ friends and family also gave character-witness statements. They also asked for prayers, and well, those prayers didn’t work! Todd was sentenced to 12 years in the clink, while Julie got seven years. Both will be on probation for 16 months after their release. via People:
A federal judge sentenced the Chrisley Knows Best stars on Monday, with Todd receiving 12 years in prison and 16 months probation while Julie received seven years in prison, plus 16 months probation, according to Insider and Fox 5 Atlanta.
Prior to sentencing, Todd and Julie asked for leniency. In a statement, Todd said his wife — who is the caregiver for their son Grayson, 16, and granddaughter Chloe, 10 — “should not be punished” to the same extent, according to Insider.
Julie was emotional as she described a conversation with Chloe, who is the daughter of their estranged son Kyle. She shared, “To hear your 10-year-old say she doesn’t want to live if their mom goes away, no child should feel that way,” per the outlet.
PEOPLE has reached out to the Chrisley’s attorneys for comment.
People says the couple’s former accountant, Peter Tarantino, was convicted back in June for his involvement and will report to prison in May next year for his own 36-month sentence. It’s not all over for the Chrisleys, though, as they filed a motion for a new trial alleging that “the government presented and failed to correct false testimony from IRS Revenue Officer Betty Carter, who lied about the Chrisleys owing taxes or years when she knew no taxes were due.”
“This testimony had the effect of falsely painting the Chrisleys as untruthful, likely to commit other forms of fraud, and evading the tax payments alleged in the indictment,” the motion read.
Wow, why would anyone who was accused by their own daughter of trying to extort her with a sex tape, be considered untruthful?! Or that they would do other shady shit? Perish the thought!
Deadline adds that the Chrisleys’ main reality show and its spin-offs have been shit-canned by USA Network. Welp, since they’re going to be going to jail for so long, I hope these two have a plan for their accommodations. Will they be allowed to bring in their own drapery and stuff? I’m sure they have tons of home staging stuff they could bring with them to prison if they’re allowed. And I don’t think for a second these two will be in maximum security, so they’ll probably get at least a couple of throw pillows allowed in with them, provided they aren’t filled with contraband. Which, for the Chrisleys, is probably Botox needles.
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