Todd and Julie Chrisley, the husband-and-wife stars of USA Network reality TV show Chrisley Knows Best, were sentenced to prison Monday after being convicted of tax evasion and bank fraud earlier in the year, according to multiple reports .
Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 16 months probation, while his wife was sentenced to seven years in prison and 16 months probation, Atlanta-based news station WSB-TV reported Monday.
Both Chrisleys were charged in 2019 with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States and tax fraud. Julie Chrisley was also charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice. The couple were found guilty of the charges in June.
Prosecutors claimed the Chrisleys presented banks with forged documents when they applied for loans to fund their expensive living. They said Julie Chrisley also submitted a false credit report and fake bank statements when trying to rent a home in California, and that the couple then refused to pay rent a few months after moving into the home.
The Chrisleys’ accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of filing two false corporate tax returns on behalf of the Chrisleys’ company, according to Monday’s Deadline.
“These convictions should send a clear message, regardless of your fame or notoriety, that everyone is held accountable for paying their fair share of taxes,” said James E. Dorsey, Special Counsel for IRS Criminal Investigations, after the guilty verdicts were announced in June.
Attorney Bruce Morris, who represented the Chrisleys at the trial, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He had previously expressed his disappointment with the verdicts.
Days after her parents’ sentencing in June, Savannah Chrisley signaled her continued support for her parents.
“I will continue to stand by my family and fight for justice,” she wrote on Instagram. “Justice for ourselves and for others that the system has failed.”
The Chrisleys’ tax evasion and fraud scheme began before they rose to television fame in 2014, prosecutors said.
Following the wealthy family, “Chrisley Knows Best” was originally set in Georgia, where Todd Chrisley made his fortune through real estate development before relocating to Nashville during the show’s fourth season. After nine seasons, USA Network canceled the show but still planned to air Season 10 episodes, which were filmed ahead of the next year’s trial, Deadline reported.
In the days leading up to the sentencing hearing, the youngest of Julie and Todd’s children, Grayson Chrisely, 16, also a character on the show, was hospitalized in a car accident.
Grayson Chrisley was driving north on Interstate 65 in Nashville when his truck crashed into another vehicle that was being stopped during the traffic standstill, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokeswoman Kirstin Mumford said in a statement provided to the Times .
“When the police questioned the driver of vehicle 2 [Grayson Chrisley] What happened, he couldn’t remember anything, possibly due to a head injury,” Mumford said. He was hospitalized for his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle that Chrisely hit was also injured but refused medical transport, police said. Both vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-11-21/todd-chrisley-julie-chrisley-knows-best-sentenced-to-prison Julie and Todd Chrisley sentenced to prison in fraud case