Todd and Julie Chrisley are sentenced to prison for fraud

In documents filed on Friday, Mr Friedberg and another attorney for Ms Chrisley asked for a reduced sentence with a “combination of probation, reparation and community service” so that she could care for her children and her ailing mother. Mr. Friedberg also asked the judge to consider staggering sentences for couples until their youngest daughter graduated from high school or turned 18.

In a sentencing note, prosecutors said Mr Chrisley could serve more than 21 years in prison and Ms Chrisley more than 12 years based on sentencing guidelines.

“The Chrisleys have built an empire based on the lie that their wealth comes from dedication and hard work,” prosecutors said. “The jury’s unanimous verdict clarifies the truth: Todd and Julie Chrisley are professional con artists who have made a living jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, lying to salespeople and dodging taxes around every corner.”

With the help of a former business partner, the Chrisleys used fake bank statements, audit reports and personal financial statements to defraud Atlanta-area banks and obtain more than $36 million in personal loans, according to the Justice Department. The couple used this money to buy luxury cars, real estate and other lavish goods. After they spent all the money, Mr. Chrisley filed for bankruptcy, the Justice Department said.

Then, after making millions of dollars from their reality TV show, the two conspired to defraud the Internal Revenue Service with the help of their accountant, Peter Tarantino, 60, prosecutors said. To avoid paying Mr. Chrisley about $500,000 in back taxes, the couple opened corporate bank accounts in Ms. Chrisley’s name, according to the Justice Department. But when the IRS asked for information about the accounts in Ms. Chrisley’s name, the couple switched ownership of their company bank account to another family member to hide their income from the IRS, the Justice Department said.

(Later, after learning of the grand jury investigation, Ms. Chrisley submitted false document for a grand jury subpoena to make it appear that the couple had not lied to the bank when they took ownership of the Company account transferred to a relative, the Justice Department said.)

The couple did not file or pay any taxes in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and under the program, Mr. Tarantino filed two corporate income tax returns for the loaned company, falsely claiming that the company made no money on or after Make distributions in 2015 and 2016, according to the Department of Justice.

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