Financial Crimes

Some of the stars from “Chrisley Knows Best” are dealing with serious legal issues.

As E! News reports, Todd Chrisley and his wife, Julie, were indicted on August 13 for several financial crimes. In total, the couple was reportedly indicted on 12-counts, including conspiracy, bank fraud, and wire fraud.

It’s also been reported that their son, Chase Chrisley, has also found himself on the wrong side of the law.

According to court documents obtained by E! News, Chase reportedly has an unpaid balance of $16,884.64 for the 2014 tax period. As a result, the IRS filed a federal tax lien against the 23-year-old.

His home state of Georgia also filed a tax lien against Chase in 2014. However, reports say the amount of $2,025.78 was paid in full four years later in 2018.

Chase has until 2026 to pay off the federal taxes he still owes.

However, while Chase has yet to issue a statement regarding his tax woes, his parents have. Through their lawyer, Todd and Julie have denied the allegations against them to E! News:

“The allegations contained in the indictment are based on complete falsehoods. The Chrisleys are innocent of all charges.”

Todd then later shared a longer statement on his Instagram page.

He wrote:

I’ve never talked about this publicly before, but there’s been a cloud hanging over Julie and me and our entire family for the past seven years. It all started back in 2012, when we discovered that a trusted employee of our had been stealing from us big time. I won’t go into details, but 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 that he illegally bugged out home. Needless to say, we fired the guy and took him to court—and that’s when the real trouble started. 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. That got their attention all right, but once we had a chance to explain who he was and what he’d done to us, they realized it was all a bunch of nonsense and they sent him on his way.

So far so good—except that our former employee didn’t give up. 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.

The reality star continued by saying that he was opening up about the trials and tribulations his family has reportedly been going through because they, as a family, have nothing to hide:

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. Anyway, when all is said and done, we trust in God and God says to us in Jeremiah 51:36, “I will defend you. I will be your lawyer. I will plead your case.” We know that if and when the goes to court, the truth will prevail and the charges against us will be exposed for the outrageous lies they are. As it says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And he will make your paths straight.”

We want to express our gratitude to everyone who helped place us where we are today in our lives. We thank you for your support and we will continue to work every day to earn your respect, loyalty, and admiration.

It’s unclear if a court date has been set for Todd and Julie.

According to CBS News, U.S. Attorney Byung J. BJay Pak has acknowledged Chrisley’s lengthy social media statement. He said in a press conference that the “bad employee” Chrisley speaks of has been labeled as “co-conspirator A” in their investigation.

Pak said Chrisley “directed the falsifying or creation of false documents and directed Co-conspirator A to submit them.” He went on to add that the fraud went on from 2007 to 2012:

“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 he will be seeking time in prison as a result.

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