‘Chrisley Knows Best’ reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley recently turned themselves in over their tax evasion and bank fraud charges.
And Todd faces more controversy after his daughter Lindsie Chrisley reportedly told police her father tried extorting her with a sex tape to get her to lie, a month before he was indicted on tax fraud charges.
Lindsie recently told DailyMail.com she wants nothing to do with her parents as they go on trial for fraud.
She alleged in a police report filed last month that her brother Chase, alongside her father were harassing her and threatening her with her own sex tape, according to TMZ.
Reality star Todd Chrisley faces more controversy after his daughter Lindsie Chrisley reportedly told police her father tried extorting her with a sex tape to get her to lie, a month before he was indicted on tax fraud charges
Lindsie recently told DailyMail.com she wants nothing to do with her parents as they go on trial for fraud
Ouch: Todd and Julie face 12 counts of fraud and tax evasion including faking financial documents to obtain million dollars in loans
According to the publication, Lindsie believes her brother purchased the tape, which allegedly involves a Bachelor star.
Lindsie claimed Todd and Chase threatened to leak the sex tape if she refused to lie about a certain incident.
Todd has denied Lindsie’s allegations. He told TMZ: ‘Although our hearts are broken, Lindsie is our daughter and we will always love her.’
Todd, 51, and stepmother Julie, 48, were arrested Wednesday and appeared in court in Atlanta, Georgia, for 12 counts of bank fraud and federal tax evasion.
The couple could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted, according to federal guidelines.
Lindsie’s relationship with her family has been strained in recent years and the 29-year-old internet star has not appeared in ‘Chrisley Knows Best’, now in its seventh season on USA Network, since 2017.
In an exclusive statement her spokesman Musa Ghanayem told DailyMail.com: ‘Lindsie would like to thank all of her supporters. The circumstances Todd and Julie find themselves in, is quite unfortunate.
‘It was reported that Lindsie was the source of the information that led to her father’s arrest. That is untrue, she was not the source of this information.
‘Lindsie has been a constant target of lies, harassment and threats from her family and as a result, has been distancing herself from the Chrisley family since 2017.
‘Lindsie is currently processing the events that have unfolded. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and pray for a just resolution.
‘We will have more to say when the opportunity presents itself.’
Todd and Julie pleaded not guilty to tax evasion and other federal charges that their lawyers said stemmed from false allegations made by a former employee.
The reality stars entered the pleas during their initial court appearance before a federal magistrate judge in Atlanta.
Lindsie Chrisley’s spokesman Musa Ghanayem told DailyMail.com: ‘Lindsie has been a constant target of lies, harassment and threats from her family and as a result, has been distancing herself from the Chrisley family since 2017’
Todd Chrisley, 51, and his wife Julie, 48 appeared in court Wednesday for 12 counts including faking financial documents to obtain million dollars in loans
The judge agreed to release them on $100,000 unsecured bond, which means they don’t have to pay anything unless they fail to show up for court dates.
The judge ordered them to surrender their passports and said they’re not allowed to travel outside of parts of Georgia and Tennessee without letting their probation officers know where they will be. Their lawyers had asked for travel permission so they can continue filming.
A federal indictment filed Tuesday accused the Chrisleys of tax evasion, conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud.
In the 12-count indictment filed with the US District Court of Northern Georgia, the Chrisleys are accused of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and tax evasion.
Their Roswell, Georgia-based accountant Peter Tarantino, 56, is accused with them of conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of aiding the filing of a false tax return.
‘You know we stand in our faith and we stand for what we know is right,’ Todd Chrisley told reporters as they left the courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.
‘You know our family will stick together, walk this rope because we know God will take our hand and take us through.’
‘A trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time’ Todd took to his Instagram on Tuesday to address the charges with a lengthy post in which he claimed they had been framed by a disgruntled employee
Todd took to his Instagram on Tuesday to address the charges with a lengthy post in which he claimed they had been framed by a disgruntled employee.
He explained: ‘It all started back in 2012, when we discovered that a trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time.’
The businessman goes on to claim that the employee had created ‘phony documents, ‘forged their signatures, and even threatened ‘other employees with violence’ if they said anything.
Todd even said the once trusted confidant unduly breached their privacy: ‘We even discovered that he illegally bugged our home.’
The employee was eventually fired as Todd claims that he tried to get revenge as he allegedly ‘took 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 also claimed that the US Attorney’s office didn’t take the case seriously at first as they ‘realized it was all a bunch of nonsense.’ however, the employee later convinced ‘a different set of investigators’ to reopen the case.
Todd added: ‘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.’
He goes on to say ‘when all is said and done we trust in God’ before citing a bible verse and concluding the long post.
On Wednesday morning, news broke the couple handed themselves into authorities after learning warrants were issued for their arrest by the United States Marshal Service.