'Chrisley Knows Best' stars charged with federal tax evasion

Todd Chrisley: Disgruntled ex-employee behind upcoming federal tax evasion indictment

Todd Chrisley: Disgruntled ex-employee behind upcoming federal tax evasion indictment

The charges were handed down in Atlanta-Georgia Northern District.

A federal grand jury in Atlanta on Tuesday indicted reality television star Todd Chrisley on tax evasion and other charges. It also includes charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

"The allegations contained in the indictment are based on complete falsehoods". Chrisley said it's the employee's second attempt to get the family charged and called it an act of retaliation.

The Chrisleys' accountant, Peter Tarantino, was in turn charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and aiding the filing of a false tax return.

Allan Mayer, a representative for Chrisley, said in an email Tuesday afternoon that his client's lawyers hadn't seen the indictment and couldn't comment.

"Chrisley Knows Best" follows the tight-knit, boisterous family living in the Nashville area. Much of the series emphasizes Todd Chrisley's obsessive yet comedic efforts to keep tabs on three of his kids, two of whom are in their 20s, and his mother. Todd and Julie Chrisley also have a podcast called "Chrisley Confessions".

A representative for NBCUniversal, which owns U.S., declined to comment.

On the night before the indictments, Todd anticipated the event and wrote a lengthy Instagram post denying the accusations against himself and his wife. He said he was aware that he and his wife were going to be named in a federal indictment for tax evasion "and probably a bunch of other financial crimes as well". It all started back in 2012, when we discovered that a trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time", he wrote on Instagram, noting that while he wouldn't use the forum to "go into details", he claimed the case "involved all kinds of really bad stuff like creating phony documents, forging our signatures, and threatening other employees with violence if they said anything.

"I'm telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of". Todd said on IG, "Not only do we know we've done nothing wrong, but we've got a ton of hard evidence and a bunch of corroborating witnesses that proves it".

Reps for NBCUniversal, the parent company of USA Network - which has aired seven seasons of "Chrisley Knows Best" - declined to comment on Tuesday's indictment. Chrisley said he and his wife have "nothing to hide". You have and always will be the glue that holds us all together. "That money was hidden from the IRS". The show is now not in production. In June 2017 alone, 7C's Productions received $300,000, and the Chrisleys spent thousands of dollars that month on personal purchases, it says.

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