ATLANTA (AP) — Actuality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley have been sentenced Monday to prolonged jail phrases after being convicted earlier this yr on costs together with financial institution fraud and tax evasion.
U.S. District Decide Eleanor Ross in Atlanta gave Todd Chrisley 12 years in jail plus 16 months of probation, whereas Julie Chrisley acquired seven years behind bars and 16 months of probation, information shops reported.
The Chrisleys gained fame with their present “Chrisley Is aware of Greatest,” which follows their tight-knit, boisterous household. Federal prosecutors stated the couple engaged in an intensive financial institution fraud scheme after which hid their wealth from tax authorities whereas flaunting their lavish life-style.
“The Chrisleys have constructed an empire primarily based on the lie that their wealth got here from dedication and arduous work,” prosecutors wrote. “The jury’s unanimous verdict units the file straight: Todd and Julie Chrisley are profession swindlers who’ve made a dwelling by leaping from one fraud scheme to a different, mendacity to banks, stiffing distributors, and evading taxes at each nook.”
Todd Chrisley’s attorneys had argued in a court docket submitting that he mustn’t face greater than 9 years in jail. Julie Chrisley’s legal professionals stated an inexpensive sentence for her can be probation with particular circumstances and no jail time.
The Chrisleys have been convicted in June on costs of financial institution fraud, tax evasion and conspiring to defraud the IRS. Julie Chrisley was additionally convicted of wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
Prosecutors have stated the couple submitted faux paperwork to banks and managed to safe greater than $30 million in fraudulent loans. As soon as that scheme fell aside, they walked away from their duty to repay the loans when Todd Chrisley declared chapter. Whereas in chapter, they began their actuality present and “flaunted their wealth and life-style to the American public,” prosecutors wrote, after which hid the hundreds of thousands they constructed from the present from the IRS.
The Chrisleys additionally submitted a false doc to a grand jury that was investigating their crimes after which satisfied family and friends members to lie beneath oath throughout their trial, prosecutors argued. Neither has proven any regret they usually have, as an alternative, blamed others for his or her legal conduct, prosecutors wrote.
“The Chrisleys are distinctive given the numerous and wide-ranging scope of their fraudulent conduct and the extent to which they engaged in fraud and obstructive conduct for a protracted time period,” prosecutors stated.
Todd Chrisley’s legal professionals stated in a submitting that the federal government by no means produced any proof that he meant to defraud the banks, and that the loss quantity calculated was incorrect. In addition they famous that the offenses have been dedicated a very long time in the past and stated he has no critical legal historical past and has medical circumstances that “would make imprisonment disproportionately harsh.”
His legal professionals had additionally submitted letters from pals and enterprise associates that present “a historical past of fine deeds and striving to assist others.” Individuals who depend on Chrisley — together with his mom and the many individuals employed by his tv reveals — can be harmed whereas he’s in jail, they argued.
They urged the choose to present him a jail sentence beneath the rule vary adopted by supervised launch and restitution.
Julie Chrisley’s legal professionals contended that she performed a minimal function within the conspiracy and was not concerned when the loans mentioned in sentencing paperwork have been obtained. She has no prior convictions, is an asset to her group and has “extraordinary household obligations,” her legal professionals wrote, as they requested for a sentence of probation, restitution and group service.
The Chrisleys have three kids collectively, together with one who’s 16, and likewise full custody of the 10-year-old daughter of Todd Chrisley’s son from a previous marriage. Julie Chrisley is the first caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law, in accordance with the submitting.
Her legal professionals additionally submitted letters from character witnesses describing her as “hard-working, unfailingly selfless, dedicated to her household and pal, extremely revered by all who know her, and robust of character.”