Todd and Julie Chrisley were convicted of fraud and tax crimes



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Reality TV stars Julie and Todd Chrisley were sentenced to prison in federal court on Monday.

The “Chrisley Knows Best” couple was found guilty in June of conspiring to defraud banks of more than $30 million in fraudulent loans, CNN previously reported. In addition, they were found guilty of several tax crimes, including attempting to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

Judge Eleanor L. Ross sentenced Todd Chrisley to 12 years in prison with three years of supervised release. His wife Julie Chrisley was sentenced to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release. Their accountant Peter Tarantino was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of supervised release, Ryan Buchanan, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said during a news conference after the sentencing hearing.

According to the Justice Department, evidence in the case showed that the Chrisleys were able to obtain the loans by submitting false bank statements, audit reports and financial statements. The money was used to buy luxury cars, designer clothes, real estate and travel, according to a DOJ news release.

Then, while making millions from their former reality show, the Chrisleys, along with their accountant, conspired to defraud the IRS and evade the collection of delinquent taxes.

“Chrisley Knows Best” debuted in 2014 on the USA Network and ran for nine seasons.

In a brief statement to CNN in June, one of Todd Chrisley’s lawyers, Bruce Morris, said they were “disappointed with the verdict” and planned to appeal.

CNN has reached out to representatives for the Chrisleys and Tarantino for comment on Monday’s ruling.

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