If there's one thing that we all should be doing, it's paying our taxes. Don't bother trying to commit fraud because it's just going to bite you in the backside. However, it seems as if some people are ready to take that risk. Usually, you would expect it to be the people who are strapped for cash that are committing these kinds of crimes, but you'd be surprised to find that it's primarily the wealthy folk in society.
Recently, reality TV stars, Todd and Julie Chrisley, have been indicted on tax evasion charges, though Todd almost immediately claimed that they were innocent.
And now it looks like they are going to face the charges head-on because the pair have just handed themselves in to the FBI and entered their plea...
If you don't know, this is Todd Chrisley.
via: Getty ImagesThe American businessman is best known for his hit reality TV show, Chrisley Knows Best.
He, along with his family, has been starring in the show for 5 years now!
via: Getty ImagesThe show focuses on following the extremely southern family as they battle the daily struggles of maintaining a healthy family life as well as "having fun" while doing so.
It's given us some of the best reality TV show moments ever!And with the introduction of Season 7, it only got more hectic, as each family member (including the nanny!) gets their own storyline.
Remember this hilarious scene?When Todd told Grayson, his son, that he could not drink the soda but he did it anyway while maintaining full eye-contact with his father? Simple, but impactful.
I'll give it to you, that takes some guts, son!
via: YouTubeThe look on Todd's face made this such an iconic moment for the show!
The nation seems pretty fond of him, too.
Chrisley Knows Best is my favorite show and they are all great people ❤️— leo🇮🇹 (@leo🇮🇹)1565792318.0
And this user expressed how upset they would be if they canceled the show.
I don’t watch a lot of tv, let alone reality tv, but I absolutely love Chrisley Knows Best and if they cancel that show I’ll be so upset.— Cat (@Cat)1565779175.0
You might as well get those tissues ready, because this news isn't good.News broke yesterday that the two main members of the family, Todd and Julie Chrisley, are being indicted for tax evasion and fraud.
There have even been charges against their accountant!
via: Getty ImagesPeter Tarantino, the family's accountant is also being questioned for his involvement in the alleged crime.
A federal grand jury in Atlanta indicted them even despite their claims that this allegation was false.
via: Getty ImagesOn Tuesday, both reality stars were charged with multiple offenses including conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. Yikes.
The Attorney's Office has claimed that the pair have defrauded banks...
via: Getty ImagesAnd this is what allowed them to obtain millions in loans to spend frivolously. They have also claimed that the couple have cheated taxpayers by avoiding federal taxes on the money they earned.
The prosecutors have traced evidence all the way back to 2007...Throughout their careers, they have been fabricating documents and also providing false information to firms and banks in order to receive large sums of money.
These funds were then blown on their lavish lifestyles...And it seems like people had been noticing this for a while now...
Apparently, the family were spending thousands just on clothes!
I’m re-watching Chrisley Knows Best...and yeah Todd, y’all was spending $400k on clothes every year smh. The show h… https://t.co/q6w4ikgZZA— Aspen (@Aspen)1565787977.0
People have quickly turned on the reality stars upon hearing the news...That's a good name suggestion for the next season if it doesn't get canceled...
I agree, it's pretty risky business...
@yashar How do you even attempt to pull that off when you have a successful tv show? Why would you take that risk?— Sean Bakke (@Sean Bakke)1565732407.0
However, Todd has denied everything, saying that he's being set-up.In a lengthy Instagram post, which weirdly featured a nice ol' promo picture of the family, the reality star decided to explain himself and the story sounds like a storyline from one of their episodes, to be honest. But regardless, he denied all of the allegations.
Apparently, he and his family are being targeted by a former employee of theirs.According to his side of the story, an ex-employee, who he did not name in the post, is out to destroy the family and everything they have in retaliation to being caught stealing from them. He writes: "We fired the guy and took him to court and that's when the real trouble started."
So it looks like they didn't take well to the termination...
But now there's been an update on the scandal.Just 1 day after they were indicted, the pair have reportedly surrendered themselves to the FBI in Atlanta. This is about to get very interesting...
According to local reports, the Chrisleys came in on their own accord and were taken into custody.
The pair have pleaded not guilty...
@wsbtv NEW AT 5 (thread): "...We know that the Good Lord will hold our hand and take us through."We caught up w/Tod… https://t.co/G7wp24COMG— Nicole Carr (@Nicole Carr)1565812413.0
But that's not the only thing.
New (thread): Here’s a sketch of Todd and Julie Chrisley with their separate attorneys during arraignment this afte… https://t.co/dZeCqghA87— Nicole Carr (@Nicole Carr)1565811017.0