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Reality TV Couple Indicted on Federal Charges

Aug 13, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Two stars of a reality television show were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges including tax evasion. The AP reports that a 12-count indictment was issued against Todd and Julie Chrisley, who star on the USA Network show “Chrisley Knows Best.”

The couple are accused of trying to hide their income from the show from the IRS. They’re also accused of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud.

“Allan Mayer, a representative for the Chrisleys, said in an email Tuesday afternoon that his clients’ lawyers hadn’t seen the indictment and couldn’t comment. Chrisley, in an online post released Monday, a day before the indictment was announced, denied any wrongdoing,” the AP reports.

The report adds: “Accountant Peter Tarantino, 56, 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 outside Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon said he was with a client and would have no comment.”

The reality show premiered in 2014 and has been running for seven seasons, tracking the lives of wealthy Georgia real estate mogul Todd Chrisley and his family. The current seventh season was filmed mainly in the Nashville area.

The show has also spawned a spinoff, “Growing Up Chrisley,” which tracks the couple’s son and daughter Chase and Savannah as they relocate to Los Angeles.

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