A federal grand jury has indicted reality TV husband and wife Todd and Julie Chrisley and a former CPA named Peter Tarantino in connection with financial crimes.
The 12-count indictment alleges tax evasion, wire fraud and the use of the Chrisley’s production company to hide their reality TV income from the IRS. It also alleges Todd directed his employee to falsify income and asset documents, pointing toward text message communication.
“I want to make note here: 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,” said BJay Pak, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
The indictment covers nine years and says the Chrisleys used false documents to secure millions in loans starting as early as 2007 and didn’t pay income taxes from 2013 to 2016, including time they lived in Georgia.
“They had a production company named 7C Production, which was paid the fees that the TV stations paid for the show. Of course, that was not declared as income in federal tax returns,” BJay alleges.
In an Instagram Todd, stated he had nothing to hide saying he had been blackmailed by a former employee.
“The fact that he’s denying it so far — we look forward to the day to prove all this in court. We’re very confident in the evidence,” BJay declared.
The last time a reality husband and wife declared they were innocent when indicted by the government, they were found guilty and sent to prison – Joe and Teresa Giudice.