Todd and Julie Chrisley’s fall from grace: The inside story

Todd and Julie Chrisley’s fall from grace: The inside story

When the Chrisley household burst onto the fact scene in 2014 with USA Community’s “Chrisley Is aware of Greatest” they have been the Southern-blond reply to the Kardashians: rich and intensely tight knit, with a dollop of “bless your coronary heart” angle.

In an early promo for the present, Todd Chrisley, the flamboyant, controlling-but-endearing patriarch bragged concerning the cash he supposedly made in actual property. He was fast to notice that his household — spouse Julie and their three kids, Chase, Savannah and Grayson, now ages 26, 25 and 16 respectively, together with Todd’s kids from an earlier marriage, Lindsie, now 33, and Kyle, 31 — lived in a gated group outdoors of Atlanta. They have been neighbors with former Braves nice Chipper Jones and singer Usher, Chrisley boasted, and the fam dropped a cool $300,000 a yr on clothes alone.

The Chrisley household pose for a portrait throughout their first season. (Pictureed left to proper) Savannah Chrisley, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, Julie Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Kyle Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Grayson ChrisleyNBCU Photograph Financial institution/NBCUniversal by way of

“I attempt to hold the whole lot so as and in line. I’ve a sure stage of expectations for my kids, for my spouse, for myself,” Chrisley, now 53, mentioned within the promo.

However the household’s rich facade all got here crumbling down final spring when Todd and Julie have been discovered responsible of financial institution fraud and tax evasion in a sensational trial. Now the present’s over: On Tuesday, Todd and Julie will report back to jail, the place he’s been sentenced for 12 years and he or she to seven.

“The Chrisleys have constructed an empire primarily based on the lie that their wealth got here from dedication and laborious work,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum on Nov. 16.

“The jury’s unanimous verdict units the report straight: Todd and Julie Chrisley are profession swindlers who’ve made a dwelling by leaping from one fraud scheme to a different, mendacity to banks, stiffing distributors, and evading taxes at each nook.”

Todd and Julie Chrisley leaving Atlanta Federal Courtroom in August 2022.FOX 5 Atlanta

The couple had humble, healthful beginnings. They each hail from rural Westminster, South Carolina, a once-thriving textile city that as of 2021 had a inhabitants of round 2363.

Their cash troubles return years, earlier than they even had a actuality present. In 2012, Chrisley filed for Chapter 7, itemizing $4.2 million in property and $49.4 million in debt. On the time, he claimed to have solely $55 in a checking account and $100 in money.

“He assured an actual property improvement mortgage and it failed,” his legal professional Robert Furr defined to Individuals in 2014. “He was on the hook for $30 million. If he hadn’t had that occur, he would have been effective, financially.”

Such cash points didn’t hold the household from actuality stardom. By the tip of 2016, the Chrisley’s present was already in its fourth season and the clan’s profile was on the rise — a lot in order that safety issues led them to relocate to Nashville.

Todd and Julie Chrisley in 2018.Getty Photos

There, they purchased two mansions value roughly a mixed $9 million and continued to drive flashy automobiles whereas their children grew to become podcasters and Instagram influencers with tens of millions of followers.

Amid his success, Chrisley supplied to donate cash in 2016 and construct an aquatic heart in his hometown of Westminster with one situation: It needed to be named for his late father Gene Chrisley.

However what regarded like a beneficiant gesture from a hometown boy-made-good shortly devolved into an unsightly battle that divided the locale and showcased Todd’s uncanny capacity to whip up drama even when the cameras weren’t rolling.

“Most doubted the provide was honest, however the [town] council remained open in studying extra,” former city administrator Chris Carter advised The Submit.

The Chrisley household within the in a season 8 promo.NBCU Photograph Financial institution by way of Getty Photos

When the mission stalled, Todd took to Fb blasting detractors, a few of whom have been personal residents of Westminster. He bragged about his present’s rankings and flashed their Fb profiles throughout the display screen, urging his personal followers to confront them on-line.

“Fb introduced out the trolls who posted fairly damaging issues concerning the city due to town’s perceived reticence to take Chrisley [up] on the provide. A number of them, I perceive, didn’t even dwell within the Westminster space — the present’s groupies I suppose,” mentioned Carter.

He added that Todd then created an extra stipulation for his donation: that the city’s council, aside from one lady, resign.

Todd and Julie Chrisley bought this six-bedroom, 10-bathroom residence again in 2019 for $3,37 million.Zeitlin Sotheby’s Worldwide

“Most peple felt like within the city they have been being performed and it turned out they have been. Apart from for the present drama of it, there was nothing substantive ever talked about. It was all to gin up animosity and division,” continued Carter.

Ultimately, no cash was donated and no pool was constructed. Just a few locals mentioned the saga, which was lined within the native press, was simply one other chapter within the ostensibly fabulous lifetime of the self-styled mogul.

“He’s all hat and no cattle,” quipped one native. (Chrisley didn’t reply to a request for touch upon the matter.)

In the meantime, the household’s private dramas have been making for good TV.

Again in 2015, Todd Chrisley posed behind bars as a joke. Todd Chrisley /Fb

Whereas it typically targeted on lighthearted household battle comparable to sibling rivalry, Savannah’s pageants and family pranks, “Chrisley Is aware of Greatest” didn’t shrink back from severe points. Kyle struggled with drug habit and psychological well being, a lot in order that Todd and Julie legally adopted his daughter Chloe, now 10, when she was a toddler.

In 2019, Savannah and Chase launched their very own spinoff, “Rising Up Chrisley.” It will go on to run for 4 seasons — till Todd and Julie have been convicted, at which level each it and “Chrisley Is aware of Greatest” have been abruptly canceled.

The trial additionally took an ax to Todd’s status of being a faithful household man. His former enterprise accomplice Mark Braddock testified that he and Todd have been intimate for a couple of yr within the early 2000s.

Chrisley has denied the claims.

Todd Chrisley and his household in happier instances. NBCU Photograph Financial institution/NBCUniversal by way of

“What insulted me probably the most is that, out of all these 54 years, for me to lastly be accused of being with a person, it could be somebody who regarded like Mark Braddock,” Todd mentioned on a latest episode of his podcast “Chrisley Confessions.” He added that Braddock resembled a “toad.”

The Chrisleys are simply the newest actuality present stars to face federal fees. In 2014, “Actual Housewives of New Jersey” stars Teresa and Joe Giudice each pleaded responsible to a number of counts together with chapter fraud, conspiracy to commit each mail fraud wire fraud in addition to failing to pay taxes.

Earlier this month, “Actual Housewives of Salt Lake Metropolis” star Jen Shah was sentenced to six-and-a-half-years in jail for heading a years-long telemarketing rip-off that focused aged People. 

However, the Chrisleys are sustaining their innocence.

“As a household, we’re nonetheless united and standing agency in our positions and in our religion. We don’t waiver in our religion,” the patriarch mentioned on the podcast. “Now pay attention. Are we disenchanted? Are we damage? Sure, however we all know that God has a goal for the whole lot.”

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