Reality television couple Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced Monday to years in prison. The sentence is handed to the couple five months after they were found guilty of federal fraud charges and hiding their wealth within their reality tv show from tax authorities.
Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years, and Julie Chrisley was sentenced to seven, along with three years of supervised release, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The couple, known for their USA Network series “Chrisley Knows Best,” were found guilty in June of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to defraud the United States by a federal jury in Atlanta. Further, they were accused of conspiring to defraud Atlanta-area banks out of more than $30 million in fraudulent loans. Apparently, the alleged scheme went on for years.
To add, their accountant was also found guilty of tax fraud. Apparently he allegedly filed false corporate tax returns on their behalf. And Julie Chrisley was further found guilty of wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
Meanwhile, Todd Chrisley’s lawyers said in a filing that the government never produced any evidence that he meant to defraud the banks, and that the loss amount calculated was incorrect. They also noted that the offenses were committed a long time ago and said he has no serious criminal history and has medical conditions that “would make imprisonment disproportionately harsh.”
On the contrary, according to the DOJ, evidence in the case revealed that the Chrisley’s were able to obtain loans because they submitted false bank statements. Allegedly, the money was used for luxury car purchases and trips.