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Todd Chrisley: Tax evasion indictment due to disgruntled ex-employee

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 8/13/2019 Natalie Neysa Alund

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

But before that indictment was handed up, Nashville resident Todd Chrisley had already started to air his grievances on social media, blaming a former employee for the federal tax evasion allegations.

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.

In a lengthy text posted on Instagram, the “Chrisley Knows Best” patriarch denied any wrongdoing and references a former employee who he claims stole from the family.

"I've never talked about this publicly before, but there’s been a cloud hanging over Julie

(his wife) and me and our entire family for the past seven years. It all started back in 2012, when we discovered that a trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time,” he posted on Monday.

Chrisley, 50, said the crimes included “all kinds of really bad stuff like creating phony documents, forging our signatures, and threatening other employees with violence if they said anything.”

Chrisley also said the former employee spied on his family and took forged documents to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley are posing for a picture: Reality TV stars Todd Chrisley and his wife, Julie, at their Belle Meade home in Nashville in 2018. © Mark Zaleski / For the Tennessean Reality TV stars Todd Chrisley and his wife, Julie, at their Belle Meade home in Nashville in 2018.

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.

“(We) even discovered that he illegally bugged our home,” Chrisley wrote. “Needless to say, we fired the guy and took him to court — and that’s when the real trouble started. 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. 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.”

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By Tuesday afternoon, Chrisley's Instagram post had garnered more than 130,000 likes.

"Praying for y’all! I’m so sorry all that has happened! I am here for you! @toddchrisley love you!" country music star Sara Evans responded.

Todd and Julie Chrisley purchased a home in Brentwood's Annandale subdivision in March for $3.375 million. 

The family's previous home in Belle Meade has been featured on the show in the past, but had started to draw unwanted attention from tourists.

Includes information from the Associated Press

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