Todd Chrisley is breaking the news of his possible indictment on tax fraud charges, denying the allegations and blaming the potential legal trouble on one of his family’s former employees.
“I’ve never talked about this publicly before, but there’s been a cloud hanging over Julie and me and our entire family for the past seven years,” the Chrisley Knows Best star, 50, wrote on Instagram on Monday, August 12, mentioning his wife of more than two decades.
He went on: “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.”
But “the real trouble started” after the family fired the man, Todd wrote in the post. “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 claimed. “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 all a bunch of nonsense and they sent him on his way.”
Chrisley family of 'Chrisley Knows Best'
Chrisley family of 'Chrisley Knows Best'
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)
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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Then, however, the man “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,” Todd wrote.
“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 over other financial crimes as well,” he concluded. “I’m telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of. 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.”
Todd and Julie, 46, have three children — 23-year-old son Chase, 22-year-old daughter Savannah and 13-year-old son Grayson — all of whom costar with them on the USA reality series. He also has two children, 29-year-old daughter Lindsie and 27-year-old son Kyle, from a prior relationship.
Savannah Chrisley and Nic Kerdiles together
Savannah Chrisley and Nic Kerdiles together
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