'Chrisley Knows Best' stars charged with federal tax evasion

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal grand jury in Atlanta on Tuesday indicted reality television star Todd Chrisley on tax evasion and other charges.

The 12-count indictment issued against the "Chrisley Knows Best" star and his wife, Julie, also includes charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States, U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak said at a news conference.

Allan Mayer, a representative for Chrisley, said in an email Tuesday afternoon that his client's lawyers hadn't seen the indictment and couldn't comment. Chrisley, in an online post released before the indictment was announced, denied any wrongdoing.

Accountant Peter Tarantino was charged in the indictment with conspiracy to defraud the United States and aiding the filing of a false tax return. A woman who answered the phone at his office Tuesday afternoon said he was with a client and would have no comment.

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 18: Reality TV Personalities Julie Chrisley (L) and Todd Chrisley (R) visit Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 18, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: (L-R) Chase Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, and Todd Chrisley attend the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 24: (L-R) Julie Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Chase Chrisley and Todd Chrisley from reality show, Chrisley Knows Best, attend the 17th annual Waiting for Wishes celebrity dinner at The Palm on April 24, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for The Kevin Carter Foundation)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley arrive at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards held at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Season:6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chase Chrisley, Grayson Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Faye Chrisley -- (Photo by: Dennis Leupold/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley, Grayson Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Chase Chrisley -- (Photo by: Cythina Hicks/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: (L-R) TV personalities Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley, and Savannah Chrisley attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2017/FilmMagic for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: TV personalities Todd Chrisley (L) and Julie Chrisley attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Mannequin Challenge" Episode 505 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Faye Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Cythina Hicks/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Message in a Bottle Rocket" Episode 420 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Mark Hill/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Message in a Bottle Rocket" Episode 420 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Faye Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley -- (Photo by: Mark Hill/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: Savannah Chrisley, Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley, Chase Chrisley and Lindsie Chrisley attend the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer press day held at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Summer Press Day, April 1, 2016 -- Pictured: Julie Chrisley (L) and Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best" pose for a portrait during the NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, California. (Photo by: Mike Windle/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD - "Garrett Morris vs Alfonso Ribeiro and Todd Chrisley vs Sara Evans" - The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature the family of actor and comedian Garrett Morris, part of the original cast of "Saturday Night Live," taking on the family of actor, television director, dancer and host of "America's Funniest Home Videos," Alfonso Ribeiro. In a separate game, the family of Todd Chrisley, star and executive producer of "Chrisley Knows Best," will compete against the family of Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum country singer Sara Evans. The season finale of "Celebrity Family Feud" airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) STEVE HARVEY, TODD CHRISLEY, JULIE CHRISLEY
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Season:4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Season:4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Faye Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, Grayson Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD - "Garrett Morris vs Alfonso Ribeiro and Todd Chrisley vs Sara Evans" - The celebrity teams competing to win cash for their charities feature the family of actor and comedian Garrett Morris, part of the original cast of "Saturday Night Live," taking on the family of actor, television director, dancer and host of "America's Funniest Home Videos," Alfonso Ribeiro. In a separate game, the family of Todd Chrisley, star and executive producer of "Chrisley Knows Best," will compete against the family of Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum country singer Sara Evans. The season finale of "Celebrity Family Feud" airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) CHASE CHRISLEY, FAYE NANNIE CHRISLEY, LINDSIE CHRISLEY CAMPBELL, JULIE CHRISLEY, TODD CHRISLEY
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 16: L/R: Reality TV star Julie Chrisley, Wish Kid Lily, Miss Tennessee Teen USA/Reality TV star Savannah Chrisley, Wish Kid Camryn, Reality TV star Todd Chrisley, Wish Kid Josh and Beth Torres President/CEO Make-A-Wish attend the 2016 Make-A-Wish Stars For Wishes at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on January 16, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 16: Reality TV stars Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley attend the 2016 Make-A-Wish Stars For Wishes at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on January 16, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Moving On" Episode 406 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley -- (Photo by: Annette Brown/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Todd Unleashed" Episode 404 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Faye Chrisley -- (Photo by: Guy D'Alema/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Crowning Achievements" Episode 401 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Mark Hill/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "The Graduates" Episode 318 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley -- (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Sports Day" Episode 316 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Mark Hill/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 12: (L-R) Todd Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, Savannah Chrisley and Julie Chrisley attend The Concert For Love And Acceptance at City Winery Nashville on June 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Concert For Love And Acceptance)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Chrisley Knows Best ATAS FYC Screening at The London West Hollywood in Los Angeles on Monday, June 8, 2015" -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley -- (Photo by: Charley Gallay/USA Network)
NBCUNIVERSAL CABLE ENTERTAINMENT UPFRONT -- "2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront at the Javits Center in New York City on Thursday, May 14, 2015" -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Chase Chrisley -- (Photo by: Julie Holder/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "College Bootcamp" Episode 308 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chase Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Grayson Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Faye Chrisley -- (Photo by: Mark Hill/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Season:2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley -- (Photo by: Andrew Eccles/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, July 2014 -- "Chrisley Knows Best" -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Chase Chrisley -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, July 2014 -- "Chrisley Knows Best" -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 14: Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley arrive at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - NBCUniversal - Day 2 held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 14: TV personalities Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley arrive at the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour - NBCUniversal - Day 2 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Chrisleys on Campus" Episode 306 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Julie Chrisley Savannah Chrisley -- (Photo by: Jason Davis/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, July 2014 -- "Chrisley Knows Best" -- Pictured: (l-r) Chase Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Crisley -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Fathers Day" Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley Cambpell, Grayson Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Faye Chrisley, Chase Chrisley -- (Photo by: Richard Ducree/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Chase Turns 18" Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Moses Robinson/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: (L-R) Savannah Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, and Todd Chrisley attend the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST --"Not So Sweet Sixteen" Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Wilford Harewood/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- "Tastemaker Event" -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley during the "Tastemaker Event" at The Bar at Dream Hotel in New York, NY on Wednesday, February 19, 2014-- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/USA/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Kyle Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Grayson Chrisley -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW -- Episode 2158 -- Pictured: (l-r) Savannah Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Steve Harvey -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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"Chrisley Knows Best" follows the tight-knit, boisterous family living in the Nashville area. Much of the series emphasizes Todd Chrisley's obsessive yet comedic efforts to keep tabs on three of his kids, two of whom are in their 20s, and his mother.

The series has aired on USA for seven seasons and recently premiered a spinoff called "Growing Up Chrisley," featuring his kids Chase and Savannah, who move to Los Angeles. Todd Chrisley also briefly hosted a talk show, "According to Chrisley," for the network. Todd and Julie Chrisley also have a podcast called "Chrisley Confessions."

The family moved to Tennessee a few years ago, but the criminal charges stem from when they lived in Atlanta's northern suburbs.

Chrisley denied any wrongdoing in a lengthy Instagram post Monday. He said he was aware that he and his wife were going to be named in a federal indictment for tax evasion "and probably a bunch of other financial crimes as well."

In his post, Chrisley said the charges stem from a dispute with an unidentified former employee who he said was fired after the Chrisleys discovered in 2012 that he was stealing from them. The former employee then retaliated by bringing phony documents to the U.S. attorney's office and told prosecutors the Chrisleys had committed financial crimes, Chrisley wrote.

"I'm telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of," he wrote. "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."

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 18: Todd Chrisley visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 18, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JULY 18: Savannah Chrisley (L) and Todd Chrisley visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 18, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley arrive at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards held at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: TV personalities Savannah Chrisley (L) and Todd Chrisley visit Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on February 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording artist Faith Hill and TV personality Todd Chrisley attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- 'Rent Controlled' Episode 424 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley -- (Photo by: Scott Gries/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 09: Reality TV star Todd Chrisley and son arrive for the Premiere Of Sony Pictures' 'Ghostbusters' held at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: TV personalities Todd Chrisley and Savannah Chrisley arrive at the 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Season:4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Faye Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, Grayson Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Season:4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chase Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Season:4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Summer Press Day, April 1, 2016 -- USA Network's 'Chrisley Knows Best' Panel -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Executive Producer/Talent; Chase Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 20: Kris Jenner and Todd Chrisley attend NATPE 2016 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on January 20, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- 'Todd Unleashed' Episode 404 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Faye Chrisley -- (Photo by: Guy D'Alema/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- 'Crowning Achievements' Episode 401 -- Pictured: (l-r) Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley -- (Photo by: Mark Hill/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 12: (L-R) Savannah Chrisley, Julie Chrisley; Todd Chrisley and Lindsie Chrisley Campbell attend The Concert For Love And Acceptance at City Winery Nashville on June 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Concert For Love And Acceptance)
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- 'Dude Ranch' Episode 312 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Grayson Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, Faye Chrisley, Chase Chrisley -- (Photo by: Richard DuCree/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Stassi Schroeder and Todd Chrisley -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Julie Chrisley and Chase Chrisley appear during the 2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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