ATLANTA — A federal trial against reality TV stars Todd and Julie Crisley will begin Monday in Atlanta on charges including bank fraud and tax evasion.
Days after E, the trial begins! Announced that it was advancing new dating series “Love Limo,” hosted by Todd Chrisley, and announced that reality shows “Chrisley Knows Best” and “Chrisley Growing Up” have been updated on US Network and E! A few weeks later, respectively.
The Chrisleys were originally indicted in August 2019, and a new indictment was filed in February this year. Prosecutors said the couple submitted false documents to the bank when they applied for the loan. The indictment alleges that Julie Chrisley also submitted a false credit report and false bank statements while trying to rent in California, and then the couple refused to pay rent a few months after they started using the home.
The Chrisleys also used a film production company they controlled to hide income to prevent the IRS from collecting unpaid taxes owed by Todd Chrisleys, prosecutors said.
Both were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, five counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of tax fraud. Julie Chrisley is also charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of obstruction of justice.
Peter Tarantino, an accountant hired by the Chrisleys, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of knowingly filing false tax returns. He will stand trial along with the Chrisleys.
Chrisleys and Tarantino have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are free on bail.
U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross said jury selection will take place on Monday, with opening statements expected on Tuesday.
“Chrisley Knows Best” follows the tight-knit, boisterous Chrisley family. The series has just been renewed for a 10th season in the US, and the spin-off “Growing Up Chrisley,” starring Los Angeles-based Chrisley kids Chase and Savannah, has just been renewed for a fourth season.
At the time of the filing, the family had moved to Tennessee, but the criminal charges stemmed from a time when they lived in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, prosecutors said.
Even before the initial indictment was announced in August 2019, Todd Chrisley posted a lengthy statement on Instagram denying any wrongdoing. A former employee who was fired in 2012 after finding out he was stealing from them retaliated by bringing false documents to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and telling prosecutors that the Chrisleys committed a financial crime, Chrisley wrote.
Prosecutors said the Chrisleys instructed the former employee to forge documents. The scheme, which ran from at least 2007 to 2012, involved submitting false bank and financial statements to financial institutions to obtain millions of dollars in loans, mostly for personal gain, the indictment said. The indictment alleges that they attempted to hide their involvement by falsely claiming that they were unaware that their then-employee had submitted false documents.
The indictment alleges that in July 2014, Julie Chrisley sent a false credit report and bank statement to a property owner in California while trying to rent a house, showing that money was far in their account. far more than their accounts. In October 2014, a few months after they started using the house, they refused to pay rent, forcing the owners to threaten to evict them.
Prosecutors say the money the Chrisleys received from the TV show went to a company they control called 7C’s Productions, but they didn’t report the income on their federal tax returns. The indictment said the couple failed to file or pay federal income taxes on time over the years.
The indictment alleges that the Tarantinos helped the Chrisleys conceal their income and lied about their tax returns, and told the IRS that Todd Chrisleys did not have enough money to pay their taxes from 2009, despite their production company Have money for personal purchases. He also filed false corporate tax returns for 7C’s production company to make it appear that the company wasn’t making money, the indictment said.
The indictment alleges that Julie Chrisley submitted a fraudulent document after federal agents issued a grand jury subpoena to 7C’s Productions in February 2018.
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