On Tuesday, a federal grand jury indicted reality television star Todd Chrisley and his wife, Julie, on tax evasion and wire fraud, among other charges, according to United States Attorney Byung J. Pak, who made the announcement during a news conference. Additionally, accountant Peter Tarantino was charged with filing false tax returns and for conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Chrisley, prior to Pak’s announcement, took to Instagram to claim “a cloud has been hanging over” his family since 2012. According to his post, Chrisley discovered his family was employing someone who was stealing from them. They fired him and took him to court upon learning of this, but he sought revenge, sending “a bunch of his phony documents to the U.S. Attorney’s office” while claiming the Chrisley family was guilty of various financial crimes.


This attempt was unsuccessful, so their former employee tried again, managing to convince “a different set of investigators at the U.S. Attorney’s office” to reopen the case and grant him immunity. Consequentially, Chrisley knew he would soon be indicted for tax evasion “and probably a bunch of other financial crimes as well.” Continuing, Chrisley wrote, “I’m telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of. 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.”


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Chrisley is best known for being the namesake lead in Chrisley Knows Best, a USA Network program that debuted in 2014 and is currently on its seventh season. Its success even lead a spin-off called Growing Up Chrisley, which began this year and stars his two kids, Savannah and Chase. In addition to his television endeavors, Chrisley briefly hosted a talk show and is currently collaborating with his wife on the Chrisley Confessions podcast.

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