Federal prosecutors are asking for Todd and Julie Chrisley to spend a decade or more behind bars after the pair were convicted of conspiring to defraud banks and the IRS out of millions of dollars.
In a 71-page sentencing memorandum obtained by WSB-TV, the federal government asked the court for a substantial sentence, with Todd Chrisley to face 17-22 years in prison and Julie Chrisley facing 10-13 years.
A jury found the couple guilty on all counts in June. The pair was accused of taking out $30 million in fraudulent bank loans to fund their lavish lifestyle, even before becoming reality TV stars, WSB-TV reported.
The Chrisleys, largely known for their reality television series “Chrisley Knows Best” were indicted by a federal grand jury in 2019. Officials said the couple bragged on television about how much they spent on designer clothes, and when they found out about the investigation, asked family members to intervene in an attempt to obstruct justice, WSB-TV reported.
Prosecutors said the Chrisleys used a film production company they controlled to hide income to prevent the IRS from collecting unpaid taxes.
In the sentencing memo obtained by WSB-TV, prosecutors said, “The seriousness of their actions is further underscored by the fact that neither defendant has expressed remorse for their crimes, instead continuing to blame others for their own criminal conduct. Given the seriousness of the Chrisleys’ crimes, a lengthy period of incarceration is warranted.”
The sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin Nov. 21.
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