Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley convicted of federal fraud

A jury on Tuesday found reality TV couple Todd and Julie Chrisley guilty of fraud, including charges related to a year-long tax evasion.

The couple, known for their USA Network series “Chrisley Knows Best”, were charged in 2019 on charges of wire transfer fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Investigators accused the couple of submitting false documents to request bank loans and using a manufacturing company to hide earnings from the IRS.

The Chrisleys agreed to a settlement with the Georgia Department of Revenue in 2019 to avoid state fees, paying a fine of $147,944.75. But they also received more than $66,000 in refunds from tax years 2013 to 2016.

A Chrisleys attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bruce Morris, a lawyer for Todd Chrisley, told The Associated Press he expects to appeal.

USA Network announced in May that the couple’s reality series had been renewed for its 10th season, though they would face federal court the same month.

Representatives of the network did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Todd and Julie Chrisley put themselves and their kids in the spotlight by presenting their quirky Southern family when their show premiered in 2014.

Two of their children, Savannah and Chase Chrisley, earned their own spin-off series, “Growing Up Chrisley,” which aired on USA Network for three seasons. The series was picked up for a fourth season on E!

Todd Chrisley would also host a dating series on E! broadcast in 2023.

US Network and E! are owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.

A federal judge ordered the Chrisleys to remain on bail, with location surveillance under house arrest, until a sentencing hearing.

The Associated Press contributed

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