Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were indicted on Tuesday by a grand jury on tax evasion charges by the Northern District of Georgia.
The “Chrisley Knows Best” stars surrendered Wednesday morning to the FBI in Atlanta, where there were open warrants for their arrest. According to local reports, the Chrisleys came in on their own accord and were taken into custody. They’re set to appear in court later Wednesday … presumably for a bond hearing.
Todd Chrisley has released his first statement since it was announced that he and his wife, Julie, could face up to 30 years in prison.
The couple was indicted on Tuesday on 11 counts of bank fraud and tax evasion. Chrisley shared his side of the story on Instagram with a lengthy write-up.
A federal grand jury’s decision comes one day after the reality television stars preemptively denied the charges, claiming they were being framed.
Savannah Chrisley is leaning on her faith amid her parents’ arrest.
After Todd and Julie Chrisley turned themselves in on Wednesday after being indicted by a federal grand jury for tax evasion and other financial crimes, shared a Bible verse with her followers.
” ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged … the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15,’ ” Savannah, 22, wrote on her Instagram Story.
“Todd and Julie Chrisley are charged not only with defrauding a number of banks by fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans, but also with allegedly cheating taxpayers by actively evading paying federal taxes on the money they earned,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak. “Celebrities face the same justice that everyone does. These are serious federal charges and they will have their day in court.” The Chrisleys’ accountant, Peter Tarantino, has also been indicted on tax-related offenses.
On Monday, Todd addressed the looming charges in a lengthy post on Instagram. He denied the accusations on behalf of his family, saying they were set up by a disgruntled employee.
This isn’t Todd Chrisley’s first brush with financial drama. He filed for bankruptcy in 2012 with debts having totaled $49 million. In 2017, local Atlanta station WSB reported that Todd was being investigated for tax evasion for failing to pay Georgia income taxes for years. He purportedly claimed legal residency in Florida even though the family resides in Georgia.