Todd And Julie Chrisley Sentenced To Prison Over Tax Evasion Case

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Todd and Julie Chrisley, reality TV stars from the show “Chrisley Knows Best,” were sentenced Monday to a combined 19 years in federal prison after being found guilty in a federal tax evasion case.

An Atlanta judge sentenced Todd Chrisley to 12 years behind bars, and his wife Julie Chrisley received a seven year prison term. They will each have to complete 16 months of probation when they’re released from jail, according to Fox News. Prosecutors alleged the married couple worked together to defraud branks out of $30 million worth of fraudulent loans. Both Todd and Julile have maintained their innocence throughout the investigation.

Julie Chrisley’s lawyers requested that their prison terms be staggered so she can remain on supervised release and care for Todd’s 10-year-old granddaughter Chloe. Todd currently has custody of the little girl, according to Fox News.

It is not yet clear if the courts will honor that request. A court date has been set for Jan. 15, 2023, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Reality TV Star Rushed To Hospital After Serious Car Crash)

Peter Tarantino, an accountant hired by the Chrisleys, has also been charged with two counts of willfully filing false tax returns, and will serve three years in prison beginning in May, according to Fox News.

Todd was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud as well as conspiracy to defraud the United States. Julie was convicted of  conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States, as well as wire fraud and obstruction of justice charges, according to Fox News.

Prosecutors also want the Chrisleys to pay $20 million in damages. The couple is suspected to have used a company controlled by Todd to hide income and keep the IRS from collecting unpaid taxes, according to Fox News.