As Todd and Julie Chrisley pleaded with a judge not to jail them for the sake of their “suicidal” 10-year-old daughter, one of the couple’s eldest children took to social media to defend them.
The couple of religious and television personalities were sentenced yesterday to a combined 19 years in prison after being found guilty of tax evasion and fraud.
Prosecutors recounted how they “swindled” banks out of $30 million by claiming to be real estate moguls while living a lavish lifestyle.
The couple must appear for sentencing next year; Todd received 12 years in prison and Julie received seven years.
In a last-minute clemency bid, they told the judge that their 10-year-old adopted daughter, Chloe, “doesn’t want to live if [her] mom is leaving
On Tuesday morning, their lawyer Bruce Morris confirmed to DailyMail.com that they planned to appeal the sentences.
Todd and Julie Chrisley are shown in a court sketch completed yesterday during their sentencing. They were given 12 years and seven years in prison.
The TV personality couple was found guilty of defrauding banks out of $30 million to finance a lavish lifestyle that they claimed was the result of a successful joint real estate career. They are in the photo on Saturday
Hard times: The couple’s daughter, Savannah, posted this quote about Noah’s Ark on her Instagram page last night (left), while their other daughter, Lindsie, said her friends had come to comfort her with champagne
Last night, their 25-year-old daughter Savannah took to Instagram to defend them.
He posted a quote from Twitter pastor Kimberly Jones saying: ‘Noah didn’t stop building the ark to explain himself to everyone who doubted and hated him. Keep building your ark. The rain will speak.
Savannah often appeared on the NBC family show Chrisley Knows Best. The show has now been cancelled, along with the rest of her projects.
The rest of the couple’s children have not been as vocal.
Lindsie Chrisley, who split from her famous father but recently reconciled with him, posted a photo with her friends who had come to her house to support her with a ‘bottle of champagne’.
Todd and Julie’s three sons, Kyle, 31, Chase, 26 and Grayson, 16, have yet to comment on their sentence and have not responded to inquiries from DailyMail.com.
Savannah Chrisley, left, and Chase Chrisley, right, leaving court yesterday after their parents’ sentencing. His other adult siblings were not in attendance and the younger children were at home.
Chase and Grayson Chrisley (left) have yet to comment. They are shown with their father, mother, adoptive sister Chloe, and sister Savannah with Todd’s mother Faye in a promotional image for the family’s now canceled show.
The couple have yet to offer a public comment on the sentence.
They had denied fraud and insisted that any wrongdoing was at the hands of a disgruntled employee.
That employee had told the court that he and Todd were having a sexual affair.
‘The Chrisleys have built an empire based on the lie that their wealth came from dedication and hard work.
“The jury’s unanimous verdict sets the record straight: Todd and Julie Chrisley are career con artists who have made their living jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, ripping off sellers and evading taxes at every turn.” said prosecutor Annalize Peters yesterday. .
Todd and Julie live in Nashville, Tennessee, in a $3.4 million house. They were charged in Georgia, where they also own property.
Since 2014, they have promoted themselves as a holier-than-thou family and have appeared on multiple reality shows and spin-offs.
But it was their zest for the spotlight that ultimately put them on prosecutors’ radar.
Before the show, they filed for bankruptcy in 2014, citing $50 million in debt. Todd’s attorney claimed at the time that he personally guaranteed a business loan.
They downsized from their Georgia home to a smaller property in Nashville, where much of the show was filmed.
Many of the charges they were accused of predate their fame.
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