Todd and Julie Chrisley of 'Chrisley Knows Best' guilty of tax evasion, bank fraud

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Todd Chrisley, left, and his wife, Julie Chrisley, pose for photos
Reality TV stars Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley, seen in 2017, were convicted Tuesday of multiple federal charges including tax evasion and bank fraud. (Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press)

Todd and Julie Chrisley, husband-and-wife stars of the USA Network reality show “Chrisley Knows Best,” were found guilty Tuesday in Atlanta on federal charges including bank fraud and tax evasion.

The Chrisleys were initially indicted in August 2019, and a new indictment was filed in February of this year. Their trial began about three weeks ago, and a jury found the pair guilty of all charges Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta. They will be sentenced at a later date.

Bruce Morris, an attorney for Todd Chrisley, said that he was disappointed with the verdict and that he expects to appeal.

Prosecutors alleged that the Chrisleys submitted fake documents to banks when applying for loans. They said Julie Chrisley also submitted a false credit report and fake bank statements when trying to rent a house in California and that the couple then refused to pay rent a few months after they started using the home.

They used a film production company they controlled to hide income to keep the IRS from collecting unpaid taxes owed by Todd Chrisley, prosecutors said.

Both Chrisleys were charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax fraud. Julie Chrisley was also charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

After they were found guilty, U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross allowed the Chrisleys to remain free on bond. But she placed them on location monitoring and home detention, meaning they can leave the house only for certain reasons, including work, medical appointments and court appearances. They also have to alert their probation officers to any spending over $1,000, according to the order entered Tuesday.

Peter Tarantino, an accountant hired by the couple, was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and willfully filing false tax returns. He was also found guilty on all counts, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta said. He also remains free on bond.

“Chrisley Knows Best” follows the tight-knit, boisterous Chrisley family. The series was just renewed by USA for a 10th season, while spinoff “Growing Up Chrisley,” featuring Chrisley kids Chase and Savannah living in Los Angeles, was just renewed by E! for a fourth season.

The trial began in mid-May, just days after E! announced that it was moving forward with a new dating series, “Love Limo,” hosted by Todd Chrisley.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.