An legal professional representing Todd and Julie Chrisley mentioned the fact stars plan to attraction their federal jail sentences and convictions for tax evasion and financial institution fraud.
Alex Little, household legal professional for the husband-and-wife stars of USA Community’s “Chrisley Knows Best,” mentioned prosecutors misled jurors concerning the Chrisleys not paying their taxes and relied on illegally obtained proof all through the trial.
“Their trial was marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about what taxes the couple paid,” Little mentioned in an announcement. “Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the road ahead.”
U.S. District Choose Eleanor Ross in Atlanta sentenced Todd Chrisley on Monday to 12 years in jail and 16 months probation and his spouse, Julie Chrisley, to seven years in jail and 16 months probation.
The size of their sentence phrases was lower than what was federally beneficial because of the couple’s ages, well being and their take care of Todd’s mom, who has well being points, mentioned prison protection legal professional Bruce Morris, who represented the couple throughout the trial.
Ross had ordered the Chrisleys to serve their jail phrases in Florida services — the minimum-security Federal Jail Camp in Pensacola for Todd and low-security Federal Correctional Establishment in Tallahassee for Julie — to permit their kids time to go to each mother and father inside a single day, Morris mentioned.
Nonetheless, after the sentencing listening to Monday, each Chrisleys had been allowed to return dwelling, the place they at present stay. They had been ordered to voluntarily give up to authorities on Jan. 15, Little mentioned.
Throughout the attraction, Little instructed the court docket after the sentencing, he plans to request that the Chrisleys stay free till the appellate court docket comes to a decision. That course of might take as much as two years.
Little instructed The Occasions that the couple has “a good chance at winning.”
“We want to be able to have the appellate court hear their appeal, which we believe presents some serious questions in the conviction,” Little mentioned.
Each Chrisleys had been charged in 2019 with conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud, financial institution fraud, conspiracy to defraud the USA and tax fraud. Julie Chrisley was additionally charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice. A jury discovered the couple responsible on all expenses in June.
Prosecutors alleged that the Chrisleys, together with their accountant, submitted faux paperwork to banks when making use of for loans, defrauding banks of greater than $36 million, to fund their costly way of life. They mentioned the couple spent the cash on luxurious vehicles, designer garments, actual property and journey. Prosecutors additionally accused Julie Chrisley of submitting a false credit score report and faux financial institution statements when attempting to lease a home in California, and that the couple then refused to pay lease a number of months after they began utilizing the house.
Allegations additionally included a scheme to defraud the Inside Income Service to keep away from paying taxes, prosecutors mentioned. The Chrisleys didn’t file tax returns or pay any taxes from 2013 to 2016, whilst their wealth amassed whereas they starred of their actuality TV present, which debuted in 2014.
“As this sentencing proves, when you lie, cheat, and steal, justice is blind to your fame, fortune, and position,” mentioned Keri Farley, particular agent in control of FBI Atlanta, in an announcement after Monday’s sentencing.
Nonetheless, because the June conviction, the Chrisleys’ attorneys have filed repeated motions, asking for a brand new trial and making an attempt to forged doubt on the prosecution’s case. They mentioned prosecutors lied to the court docket, leaned on unlawful proof and offered an absence of proof to show the couple was concerned in a conspiracy to defraud the federal government. In a single movement, attorneys deflected a lot of the blame onto the Chrisleys’ accountant, Peter Tarantino, who was additionally convicted and sentenced to jail for his position.
“The only agreement established by the evidence at trial is that Tarantino prepared the Chrisley’s tax returns,” attorneys wrote in court docket paperwork. “But there is no evidence the Chrisleys knew what information Tarantino included in their returns or that the information included was false.”
The Chrisleys’ most up-to-date fundamental competition rested on an IRS agent who their attorneys mentioned “misled the jury and the Court” throughout the trial, in accordance with court docket paperwork.
In a movement for a brand new trial filed in August, Chrisleys’ attorneys alleged an IRS agent, Officer Betty Carter, had lied to the jury whereas giving testimony and to the court docket concerning the couple not paying their taxes in 2014 and 2015, referring to an audit of IRS data. They mentioned prosecutors additionally knew about and inspired the IRS agent’s plan to mislead the jury, and had failed to tell the court docket.
“This testimony had the effect of falsely painting the Chrisleys as untruthful, likely to commit other forms of fraud, and evading the tax payments alleged in the indictment,” the Chrisleys’ attorneys wrote within the movement.
A later movement filed earlier this month additionally referred to as on the court docket to sanction Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Krepp and Annalise Peters, the prosecutors within the case, for his or her alleged half within the false testimony and to mislead the court docket.
The Chrisleys additionally argued that a lot of the prosecution’s proof of tax data was “obtained illegally” in searches of warehouses. They referred to as the search warrants “fatally overbroad.” Proof from the preliminary search allowed IRS brokers to seek for extra proof used to incriminate the couple, court docket paperwork mentioned.
Though Choose Ross rejected the sooner motions, the Chrisleys are anticipated to make these arguments once more earlier than the appellate court docket of their attraction of their convictions and sentences.
“Yesterday was a difficult day for the Chrisley family,” Little’s assertion continued. “But Todd and Julie are people of faith, and that faith gives them strength as they appeal their convictions.”