Todd and Julie Chrisley request prayers from fans after fraud and tax evasion conviction
Todd and Julie Chrisley opened up about their state of mind in the wake of their conviction on their… Chrisley Confessions podcast on Wednesday, fans ask for their prayers.
Todd, 53, said he appreciated the outpouring of support from fans after he and Julie, 49, were found guilty of federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion on June 7 after a three-week jury trial.
“I want you all to know that the messages we receive, the mail… the gifts people leave on our doorstep, the flower arrangements… all these things are just overwhelming and very much appreciated,” Todd said. “We don’t want you to waste your money on that sort of thing.
The latest: Todd and Julie Chrisley opened up about their state of mind in the wake of their conviction on their Chrisley Confessions podcast on Wednesday, asking fans for their prayers. The couple was caught in Nashville in 2019
He added that he and Julie “don’t need anything” and that “the best gift you can give us is prayer,” to which Julie added, “Amen.”
on their podcast Last week, Todd said the family remains focused on faith during the tumultuous time.
“We are still steadfast in our faith and we trust that God will do what he does best because God is a miracle worker,” Todd said. “We are very much alive and we appreciate all the support we have received from everyone.”
The couple were first charged in August 2019 and again last February.
Todd, 53, said he appreciated the outpouring of support from fans after he and Julie, 49, were found guilty of federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion on June 7.
(L-R) Faye Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley, Julie Chrisley and Grayson Chrisley were featured in a promotional photo for the series
The reality stars were convicted of conspiracy to take out more than $30 million in loans under fraudulent circumstances and Julie was convicted of obstruction of justice and wire transfer fraud, according to the office of US attorney Ryan Buchanan. AP†
Prosecutors said the Chrisleys, who sought loans, gave banks false documents and that Julie provided a false credit report and bank statements when looking for a rental property in California. Prosecutors said the Chrisleys hid income through a company they owned in an effort to prevent the IRS from taking Todd Chrisley’s tax backlogs.
Following the conviction, the Chrisleys were placed under house arrest and site surveillance by U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross, and must inform their probation officer about purchases over $1,000.
An accountant who worked with the couple, Peter Tarantino, is out on bail after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy and filing fraudulent tax returns, officials said.
The reality stars were convicted of conspiracy to take out more than $30 million in loans under fraudulent circumstances and Julie was convicted of obstruction of justice and wire fraud
Among those who testified at the trial was Mark Braddock, a one-time business associate of Todd, who told the court that he and Todd had an affair in the early 2000s, according to Business Insider†
Braddock, a married father and grandfather, testified last month that he and Chrisley paid a blackmailer to keep the affair a secret; and that he had assisted Chrisley in many of the crimes he had committed.
Braddock, who received immunity in exchange for his testimony, said he and Chrisley had a friendship they compared to a “brotherhood” until an argument in 2012; and that he notified the FBI of their pending tax matters.
Todd Chrisley’s attorney Bruce Morris said he expected to appeal the case.
The Chrisleys and Tarantino will be sentenced on October 6.