Todd Chrisley speaks out after being “unfairly targeted” in tax evasion case: “So blessed and grateful”
Todd Chrisley Raise their hands in the air after he and his wife, Julie Chrisley, claim victory in their tax evasion case.
“So blessed and grateful for all who knew the truth and stood by our side to reveal it,” “Chrisley Knows Best” star, 52, wrote to his nearly 5 million Instagram followers on Thursday. “There is still a lot to come about how this whole tax situation came about and how all parties sought recognition based on lies, criminal behavior and trying to advance their careers.”
Chrisley added: “We stand firm in our faith and look forward to every dirty act being exposed with more truth than anyone could ever imagine, stay tuned.”
The Chrisleys have been accused evading nearly $ 2 million in state taxes from Georgia between 2008 and 2016 and pleaded not guilty to tax evasion and other federal charges in an initial court appearance.
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The Chrisleys reached a settlement in their case after allegedly failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in Georgia income tax.
A spokesperson for the couple, Allan Mayer, announced at the time that the couple had reached a deal with the Georgia Department of Revenue. The deal, which was signed by the Chrisleys on Wednesday, gave them tax refunds for some tax years and said they owed nothing in others.
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According to the settlement, the Chrisleys agreed to pay just under $ 150,000 to resolve the claims, as it turned out they owed $ 77,000 in state taxes between 2008 and 2016 – a fraction of the $ 2 million. dollars for which they were accused of being in the red.
Following their settlement, the couple sued Director Joshua Waites of the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), alleging that the tax investigator used Todd’s daughter Lindsie Chrisley to target them in an attempt to bring her to divulge compromising information about Todd and Julie’s finances. .
The alleged misconduct allegation sparked an Atlanta Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigation into the DOR and a report released on September 21 found the Chrisleys to be “unfairly targeted” and revealed that the DOR had embezzled funds that had been seized from assets. confiscation.
The 32-page OIR report also revealed that Waites was seen in photos posing on furniture seized from Todd and Julie and later bragged about it in messages. The Waites office also filed an inappropriate request with the US Treasury Department to access the bank accounts of reality TV stars, the findings said.
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The OIG said in its report that “by posing on Chrisley’s furniture, Director Waites and other senior DOR officials have undermined the DOR’s ability to maintain a position of impartiality in law enforcement. the State ”.
The report says the actions “give credence to Todd Chrisley’s complaints that he has been unfairly targeted for investigation because of his ‘celebrity status’.”
Waites resigned from his post last year after the report said he lied about a criminal justice degree.
“Initially, OIG limited the investigation to the job application of Manager Waites. OIG ultimately determined that Director Waites had provided false information on the July 2015 job application regarding his appointment as Director of OSI, ”the report states.
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“Specifically, Director Waites said he obtained an associate degree in criminal justice from the University of Northwest Florida,” he continues. “The OIG verified, through interviews with Director Waites and the National Student Clearinghouse, that Director Waites did not have a degree from the University of Northwest Florida or any other educational institution. The OIG referred the case to the Prosecution Division of the Attorney General’s Office for review and prosecution. . “
Chrisleys attorney Christopher S. Anulewicz said in a statement to Fox News on Thursday that the reality couple were “grateful” for the OIG’s findings.
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“After a full investigation, the Georgia Inspector General’s office confirmed that there was credible evidence to show that Todd Chrisley had been unfairly targeted by a Georgia Department of Revenue investigation because of his ‘celebrity status’. Mr. Chrisley, “the memo reads. “In addition, the OIG has confirmed that GDOR used unauthorized means to research information relating to the Chrisleys.”
The statement continued, “The Chrisleys are grateful for the efforts of the OIG, as everyone in Georgia should be. The efforts of the OIG brought to light what he called” an unpleasant chapter of the story of DOR “, and its efforts can move DOR forward in a positive way. Unfortunately, the Chrisleys are still grappling with the fallout from this unpleasant chapter. Thanks to the combined efforts of the BIG and the Chrisleys, the truth has now been revealed . “
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The Chrisleys still have a federal case looming after a grand jury indicted them in 2019 on 12 counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion over a nine-year period.
If found guilty on all counts, reality figures will face up to 30 years each behind bars.
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Chrisley claimed in a social media post at the time that the indictment was due to a disgruntled former employee who robbed his family and tried to fight back after being fired in 2012.
Lawyers for Todd Chrisley, Bruce H. Morris and Stephen Friedberg also told Fox News in a statement at the time that “the allegations in the indictment are based on complete lies” and added that ” the Chrisleys are innocent of all charges.
Fox News’s Mariah Haas and Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.