The state of Georgia has settled tax evasion charges with reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley, but the ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ couple still face federal charges.
The couple agreed to pay $147,944.75 to settle the case with the Georgia Department of Revenue and obtained a refund of more than $66,000 for the 2013 to 2016 tax years, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate WXIA reported.
Reps for the Chrisleys hailed it as an exoneration, but the couple still face a 12-count indictment reached by a federal jury in August on charges of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion.
In the federal case, they are accused of conspiring to defraud “numerous banks” by giving institutions false personal financial statements and other information while obtaining millions of dollars in loans, the prosecutor’s office said. US for the Northern District of Georgia in August.
“Chrisley Knows Best” chronicles Chrisley, a wealthy Georgian real estate tycoon known as the “patriarch of perfection,” as he manages the lives of his five children and gets embroiled in comedic misadventures.
The show airs on USA Network, a unit of NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News. It ran for seven seasons and recently launched a spin-off called “Growing Up Chrisley”, featuring two of Chrisley’s children.
The united family moved from the northern suburbs of Atlanta to the Nashville area a few years ago. The criminal charges relate to their stay in the Georgian towns of Roswell and Alpharetta. Prosecutors also said they took steps to hamper IRS collection efforts, including hiding the income.
Todd Chrisley has said in an Instagram post that he and his wife did nothing wrong.
A statement from their representatives said that in the state’s case, they were accused of evading nearly $2 million in taxes between 2008 and 2016, but in fact overpaid the state. in four of those years.
“Julie and I knew from the start that we had done nothing wrong and that when the facts came out we would be fine,” Todd Chrisley said in a statement released by their reps. “We’re just glad the Department of Revenue was willing to keep an open mind and consider all the evidence.”
The couple’s lawyers said in the statement that they have always maintained that there was no tax evasion and that “this settlement with the state is a big step towards proving their innocence.”
The family’s accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also charged in federal court. All three have pleaded not guilty to federal cases, according to court records.
Bob Page, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, said in an email Wednesday that the federal case was still pending in court.