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Reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Atlanta for tax evasion. The couple allegedly tried to hide their income from their reality series, “Chrisley Knows Best” from the IRS.
The 12-count indictment also accuses the pair of conspiracy, along with bank and wire fraud. A representative for the Chrisley’s, Allan Mayor wrote in an email Tuesday afternoon that his clients were unaware of the indictment and had no comment on the matter.
Todd Chrisley, however, took to Instagram on Monday to deny any claims of wrongdoing, stating a former employee was, “stealing from us big time.” Elsewhere, he also accused the former employee of giving fake documents to the authorities.
“Somehow, he persuaded a different set of investigators at the U.S. Attorney’s office not only to reopen the case but also to grant him immunity from prosecution for his own crimes and bring charges against us. As a result, it looks like later this week Julie and I are going to be named in a federal indictment charging us with tax evasion and probably a bunch of other financial crimes as well,” he said on Instagram.
“I’m telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of,” he wrote. “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.”
U.S. Attorney Byung J. Bjay Pak said at a news conference that this was all a scam, citing the former employee as a co-conspirator as well, CBS News reported.
“Just because you’re rich and on a TV show doesn’t mean that the law is not going to come get you when you commit a federal crime,” Pak said, noting he intends to seek prison time for the pair.
“Chrisley Knows Best” followed the daily life close-knit family throughout Nashville, airing in 2014, the show went on for seven consecutive seasons. As of Wednesday afternoon, the couple has turned themselves in.
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