ATLANTA (AP) — Actuality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley had been sentenced Monday to prolonged jail phrases after being convicted earlier this 12 months on expenses together with bank 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 obtained 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 mentioned the couple engaged in an in depth financial institution fraud scheme after which hid their wealth from tax authorities whereas flaunting their lavish way of life.
“The Chrisleys have constructed an empire primarily based on the lie that their wealth got here from dedication and laborious work,” prosecutors wrote. “The jury’s unanimous verdict units the report straight: Todd and Julie Chrisley are profession swindlers who’ve made a residing 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 courtroom submitting that he mustn’t face greater than 9 years in jail. Julie Chrisley’s attorneys mentioned an inexpensive sentence for her could be probation with particular circumstances and no jail time.
The Chrisleys had been convicted in June on expenses 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 mentioned the couple submitted pretend 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 accountability to repay the loans when Todd Chrisley declared chapter. Whereas in chapter, they began their actuality present and “flaunted their wealth and way of life to the American public,” prosecutors wrote, after which hid the hundreds of thousands they constituted of 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 underneath oath throughout their trial, prosecutors argued. Neither has proven any regret and so they have, as an alternative, blamed others for his or her prison conduct, prosecutors wrote.
“The Chrisleys are distinctive given the various and wide-ranging scope of their fraudulent conduct and the extent to which they engaged in fraud and obstructive conduct for a chronic time period,” prosecutors mentioned.
Todd Chrisley’s attorneys mentioned 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. Additionally they famous that the offenses had been dedicated a very long time in the past and mentioned he has no critical prison historical past and has medical circumstances that “would make imprisonment disproportionately harsh.”
His attorneys 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 — might be harmed whereas he is in jail, they argued.
They urged the decide to offer him a jail sentence under the rule vary adopted by supervised launch and restitution.
Julie Chrisley’s attorneys contended that she performed a minimal position within the conspiracy and was not concerned when the loans mentioned in sentencing paperwork had been obtained. She has no prior convictions, is an asset to her neighborhood and has “extraordinary household obligations,” her attorneys wrote, as they requested for a sentence of probation, restitution and neighborhood service.
The Chrisleys have three kids collectively, together with one who’s 16, and in addition 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, based on the submitting.
Her attorneys additionally submitted letters from character witnesses describing her as “hard-working, unfailingly selfless, dedicated to her household and buddy, extremely revered by all who know her, and powerful of character.”
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