Todd and Julie Chrisley may have to forfeit their two $9 million mansions to pay a $17.2 million fine related to their tax fraud scheme.
The couple, known for the TV show ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ was sentenced in Atlanta on Monday to a combined total of 19 years in jail after they were found guilty in their $30 million tax fraud case – less than two days after their youngest son was seriously injured in a car crash in Nashville.
While Todd and Julie plan to appeal their sentencing, they have since been ordered by Atlanta Judge Eleanor Ross to pay $17.2 million in restitution.
‘They’re going to have to give up a lot of things, including their homes, sadly,’ a source told the New York Post . ‘They won’t be able to afford it. But their main concern now is their children, especially their youngest boy.’
The couple’s attorney Alex Little said the trial was full of ‘serious’ errors and that they are optimistic about the appeal.
‘Yesterday was a difficult day for the Chrisley family,’ Little wrote in a statement. ‘But Todd and Julie are people of faith, and that faith gives them strength as they appeal their convictions.
‘Their trial was marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about what taxes the couple paid. Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the road ahead.’
The Chrisley’s will have to give up their $9 million mansions to pay a $17.2 restitution fee after they were found guilty of $30 million in tax fraud
The couple’s multimillion dollar home in Brentwood. Their show depicted their seemingly picture-perfect southern lifestyle
On his USA series Chrisley Knows Best, Chrisley has documented his life as a dedicated father to his and Julie’s five children Lindsie, 32; Kyle, 30; Chase, 25; Savannah, 24; and Grayson, 16
The kitchen in their Nashville home. While Todd and Julie plan to appeal their sentencing, they have since been ordered by Atlanta Judge Eleanor Ross to pay $17.2 million in restitution
The stunning home in Nashville may have to be given up by the family following their jail sentences
The spectacular mansion has gorgeous interiors. Inside, there is plenty of head-turning features like a winding wood staircase with a white and wood rail that spins around
The couple have been married 26 years and share five children: Lindsie, 32; Kyle, 30; Chase, 25; Savannah, 24; and Grayson, 16.
Grayson, who was recently hospitalized after he plowed his car into the back of a Dodge truck while on an interstate in Nashville, is now under the guardianship of Savannah.
He told police at the time that he couldn’t recall the accident.
The couple first moved to Belle Meade, Tennessee in 2016 and purchased a $1.6 million home with four bedroom at 806 Lynnwood Blvd. The home is now worth $2,877,300, according to Zillow.
The Chrisley’s kept their first 5,200 square foot home and bought a more than 13,000 square foot home in Brentwood for $3.37 million. The home has six-bedrooms and nine-baths.
Their homes are now worth about a whooping $2 million more than they purchased them for.
But the family may have to give up their mansions following the sentencing this week
The Chrisleys purchased this Nashville home back in 2016 for $1.6 million
Reality star Grayson Chrisley, 16, is seriously injured after plowing his truck into another while in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday
Grayson was on I-65 in his Ford F-150 when he went straight into a Dodge pickup truck at around 5.30pm on Saturday
Grayson told police that he didn’t remember the accident and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. The driver of the red pick-up (right) he plowed into was also injured, but he did not need medical treatment
Before Monday’s sentencing, prosecutors said they would seek the harshest sentencing for the pair after they ‘built an empire based on the lie that their wealth came from dedication and hard work’.
‘The jury’s unanimous verdict sets the record straight: Todd and Julie Chrisley are career swindlers who have made a living by jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, stiffing vendors, and evading taxes at every corner,’ prosecutors said in a court filing.
Todd’s lawyers wrote in a filing that he should not face more than nine years in prison and that the judge should sentence him below the lower end of the guidelines.
Meanwhile, Julie’s lawyers wrote that a reasonable sentence for her would be probation with special conditions and no prison time.
Court sketches show the duo as they were handed their respective sentences for fraud
The family is best known for their reality show Chrisley Knows Best, which started in 2014 and is currently still on. Pictured: (l-r) Faye Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, Grayson Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley
Todd was given 12 years in prison and Julie got seven years – but the couple plans to appeal their sentencing
Julie is also accused of falsifying a credit report and bank statements while during the process of renting a California home, prosecutors said.
US Attorney Ryan K. Bunchanan said that the Chrisley’s sentencing should serve as a ‘warning.’
‘Over the course of a decade, the defendants defrauded banks out of tens of millions of dollars while evading payment of their federal income taxes,’ Bunchanan said.
‘Their lengthy sentences reflect the magnitude of their criminal scheme and should serve as a warning to others tempted to exploit our nation’s community banking system for unlawful personal gain.’
Todd should serve out his sentence at FCI Pensacola, and Julie at FCI Tallahassee – the same prison where Ghislaine Maxwell is serving out her sentence for her involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
The couple plan to appeal their sentencing.