Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced Monday to years in prison for bank fraud and tax evasion.
Chrisley Knows Best’s Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday and Julie Chrisley to seven years after the pair were sentenced in Atlanta in June. They are each then ordered to be released under supervision for three years, and the duo must also pay restitution.
They received their sentence from U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross after flaunting their lavish lifestyle on the show. Meanwhile, they cheated like crazy, prosecutors said, obtaining $30 million in fraudulent loans.
When the system fell apart, they declared bankruptcy and left. They then tricked their friends and family members into lying in court.
“The Chrisleys have built an empire based on the lie that their wealth comes from dedication and hard work,” prosecutors wrote. “The jury’s unanimous verdict clears things up: Todd and Julie Chrisley are professional con artists who made their living jumping from one scam to another, lying to banks, ripping salespeople and dodging taxes at every turn.”
When they were convicted earlier this year, they faced up to 30 years in prison. The 2019 defendants were charged with conspiring to defraud “numerous banks” between 2007 and 2012 with false information and bank statements to obtain loans, according to U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak.
Julie Chrisley was also convicted of separate fraud and obstruction of justice charges. Their accountant Peter Tarantino was sentenced to three years.
“Chrisley Knows Best” followed the family’s life in Nashville. USA Network began airing its show in 2014, celebrating the lives of the couple and their five children.
Before the duo was sentenced, “Chrisley Knows Best” was renewed for a 10th season. The fate of the series remained unclear on Monday.
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