On June 7, 2022, Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley as well as their accountant, Peter Tarantino were found guilty of bank fraud and tax evasion. According to Insider, the trio was accused of one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, five accounts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, and one count of tax fraud. Julie was also charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. Tarantino however, was additionally charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of willfully filing false tax returns.
The couple is currently staying at their home in Nashville while they await their sentence which could be as aggressive as 30 years behind bars. They've been receiving gifts from supporters to cushion the stress but they expressed that at this time, prayer is all they ask for.
"God Will Do What Ge Does Best"
During a recent podcast episode of Chrisley Confessions Todd, 53, asked for fans to stop sending gifts and to only say a prayer for them. “I know all of you guys are wanting to know every detail that is going on in our lives, and I have to ask that you respect that we’re not allowed to talk about it at the present time," said Todd. He continued to say, “We did want to come on today and let everyone know that it’s a very sad, heartbreaking time for our family right now." Adding in, “But we still hold steadfast in our faith and we trust that God will do what he does best because God’s a miracle worker.”
Who Do You Believe?
The Chrisley's were federally indicted in August 2019 on 12 counts. They pleaded not guilty to the charges but were found guilty on June 7 and of course, will be fighting the outcome.
According to E! News the Chrisley's allegedly conspired to defraud banks out of more than $30 million of personal loans using bank statements and more. Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, said in a statement obtained by E! News, "As today's outcome shows, when you lie, cheat and steal, justice is blind as to your fame, your fortune, and your position." She continued, "In the end, when driven by greed, the verdict of guilty on all counts for these three defendants proves once again that financial crimes do not pay."
Bruce Morris, told E! that an appeal is planned. And, Todd himself shared a post on Instagram with a long message denying all wrongdoings.
Morris is claiming that a former employee of Todd and Julie, Mark Braddock, committed the crimes behind the couple's back as retaliation for being fired in 2012.
Braddock and Todd met in the early 2000s through their children's school and became friends, Braddock later becoming an employee for Todd's forclosure-management business.
Agreeing to corporate, Braddock was given immunity by the government following his testimony. He revelaed that "he created fake Microsoft Word documents to lie about Todd and Julie's income to make them look wealthier so they could allegedly acquire loans," as written by Us Weekly.
The former employee also claimed that the two were intimate. In his testimony, he revealed, “I was complicit in giving him what he needed. We had a personal relationship of an intimate nature. I would do whatever he needed to get done." Once their alleged one-year intimate relationship ended, Braddock claimed that the two men had a "brotherhood" and business relationship.
In Todd's statement he wrote, "It all started back in 2012, when we discovered that a trusted employee of ours 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 our home,” he wrote via Instagram. “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.”
Todd also alleged that Braddock “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.”
He concluded, “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.”
The pairs sentencing is scheduled for October 6, 2022. They are building their legal team, adding three new attorneys, bringing the total number of lawyers to five.
Who do you think is telling the truth here?