The Hollywood Reporter reports that Chrisley Knows Best Stars Todd and Julie Chrisley have been sued by a federal grand jury in Atlanta for “tax evasion and other charges.” The 12-count charge includes “charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and conspiracy to deceive the United States.”
In a long Instagram post denying the charges, Todd Chrisley claims that this problem is due to the unnamed employee who fired Todd and Julie after he discovered that he would steal them in 2012. and threatened other employees when they talked. “We have even discovered that he has bugged our house illegally,” he wrote. “Needless to say we fired the man and brought him to court – and then the real problems started.”
This dispute, Chrisley claims, caused the employee to seek “revenge” by bringing forged documents to the US lawyer and gaining immunity for his cooperation. “I am telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of,” he continued. “We not only know that we have done nothing wrong, but we have a lot of hard evidence and a lot of confirming witnesses that prove it.”
According to Fox News, a representative of the US law firm confirmed that the Chrisleys had surrendered to the authorities on August 14, 2019. In a statement accompanying the publication, Chrisleys, Bruce H. Morris and Stephen Friedberg’s lawyers called the allegations “complete lies” and claimed that their clients were “innocent of all charges.”
A week before the charges were made public, Todd Chrisley published a post on Instagram that seemed to indicate his fate. “The older I got, the more I am aware of the value of privacy, of cultivating your inner circle and leaving certain people alone,” said the message, along with the caption, “No one is promised tomorrow so make the days you have with the ones you love and who matter. “
According to reports in Atlanta’s WSB TV, Todd Chrisley’s persistent claims may not be that strong. The publication states that although he declared himself a resident of Georgia “on countless court records,” he had not filed his income taxes in those years with the state of Georgia and instead had to file his taxes with the state of Florida. Why Florida Because Florida has no state tax. The report further claims that Chrisley of 2004-2011 had not filed any tax returns from the state of Georgia.
Kevin Ward, a lawyer for one of Chrisleys’ creditors, compared Todd and Julie Chrisley’s lavish lifestyle in their reality show with Todd Chrisley’s claims in a sworn statement. “I thought it was a bizarre world,” Ward said. “Admittedly, the show is not under oath, but the person I was under oath was just the opposite. He claimed to be destitute, unable to pay anything.”
During the statement, Ward said he let Todd Chrisley admit that he lived full-time in Georgia and not in Florida. “His children went to school in Georgia. His wife, his company, everything was here in Georgia,” Ward continued. During Chrisley’s bankruptcy case, he told the IRS that he lived in Florida.
“I think that’s something the Georgia Department of Revenue might be interested in,” said Jason Pettie, who oversaw one of Todd Chrisley’s bankruptcy applications.
The Georgia Department of Revenue declined to comment on WSB-TV, but IRS tax fraud investigator Jack Fishman claims that Chrisley used the tax exemption for his home at his 20,000-square-foot mansion in Roswell, Georgia between the years 2006 through 2014, piece of evidence that the American lawyer now has. Fishman explained that filing the exemption from the home on a particular home is actually a legal oath that the home is your primary legal residence.
“It means that you are a citizen of the state of Georgia and have to file an income tax return,” said Fishman. “It’s that simple.”
When asked if Chrisley’s lawyer argued, there is a “secret way” that he has been living in Florida all the time. Fishman’s answer was not really a surprise: “I started with the IRS in December ’71. I am currently doing tax legislation. I have yet to see the ‘secret way’ you are talking about.”
In short, when it comes to filing a tax return and staying out of trouble with the IRS, Chrisley may not know best.