Coming clean. Todd Chrisley took to Instagram to reveal he and his wife, Julie Chrisley, may be indicted for tax evasion after a former employee betrayed him. “I’ve never talked about this publicly before, but there’s been a cloud hanging over Julie and our entire family for the past seven years,” the 50-year-old wrote on Monday, August 12. “It all started back in 2012, when we discovered that a trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time. I won’t go into details, but it involved all kinds of really bad stuff like creating phony documents, forging our signatures and threatening other employees with violence if they said anything. We even discovered that he illegally bugged our home. Needless to say, we fired the guy and took him to court — and that’s when the trouble started.”
The Chrisley Knows Best star continued the lengthy message by explaining what the man did to their family. “To get revenge, he took a bunch of his phony documents to the U.S. Attorney’s office and told them we had committed all kinds of financial crimes, like tax evasion and bank fraud,” he added. “That got their attention all right, but once we had a chance to explain who he was and what he’d done to us, they realized it was a bunch of nonsense and sent him on his way.”
However, Todd wasn’t out of the woods just yet. “So far so good — except that our former employee didn’t give up,” he revealed. “Somehow, he persuaded a different set of investigators at the U.S. Attorney’s office not only to reopen the case but also to grant him immunity from prosecution for his own crimes and bring charges against us. As a result, it looks like later this week, Julie and I are going to be named in a federal indictment charging us with tax evasion and probably a bunch of other financial crimes as well.”
The dad of five said that he wanted to explain to his fans, friends and family his side of the story. “I’m telling you all of this now because we have nothing to be hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of,” he said. “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. We want to express our gratitude to everyone who helped place us where we are today in our lives. We thank you for our support, and we will continue to work every day to earn your respect, loyalty and admiration.”
Todd also couldn’t help but give a shout-out to his followers during this crazy time. “Thank you all for your love and support,” he captioned the post. “Our family will forever be grateful. God bless you all!”
Naturally, fans left many upbeat messages for Todd and his family. One person wrote, “Love you guys. Praying for family!” while another echoed, “Keep the faith. Your integrity speaks for itself.”
Todd and Julie, 46, share three children — 23-year-old son Chase Chrisley, 22-year-old daughter Savannah Chrisley and 13-year-old son Grayson Chrisley. He has two kids from a prior relationship — 29-year-old daughter Lindsie Chrisley and 27-year-old Kyle Chrisley.
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