Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley focus on their mental health, religion and family as they prepare to enter the new year in prison.
“My parents definitely make time for therapy and Bible studies and their kids,” Lindsie Chrisley told People about her father and stepmother.
The husband-and-wife stars of USA Network’s “Chrisley Knows Best” will begin their years-long prison sentences on January 17, according to legal documents reviewed by The Times. They were found guilty of tax evasion and bank fraud in June.
In November, Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years in prison with 16 months probation. He will be laid to rest at Federal Penitentiary Camp Pensacola, Florida.
Julie Chrisley was sentenced to seven years in prison and 16 months of probation. He will serve his sentence again at the Federal Correctional Institution Marianna in Florida.
Lindsie Chrisley, the eldest daughter of Todd Chrisley and ex-wife Teresa Terry, said in a People report that she mostly spends time on the phone with her family as she has to take care of her children and can’t go to Nashville.
“I believe what my parents say regularly and on their podcasts, right now is basically living every day as if it’s your last, savoring the moment, spending time with their kids in Nashville,” he said. People.
Lindsie said her entire family is “adapting to our new normal now.”
Alex Little, Todd and Julie Chrisley’s family attorney, said they plan to appeal their sentences and federal convictions. Little said prosecutors misled jurors that the Chrisleys did not pay their taxes and relied on illegally obtained evidence throughout the trial.
Prosecutors said the Chrisleys, along with their accountants, submitted false documents to banks when applying for loans and defrauded banks of more than $36 million to finance their expensive lifestyle. They said the couple spent the money on luxury cars, designer clothing, real estate and travel. Prosecutors also said that Julie Chrisley filed a fake credit report and fake bank statements while trying to rent a house in California, and the couple refused to pay rent a few months after they started using the house.
Prosecutors said the couple planned to defraud the Internal Revenue Service to avoid paying taxes. Even though their fortunes accumulated while starring in reality TV shows that debuted in 2014, they failed to file or pay taxes from 2013 to 2016.
The flagship US drama spawned the spin-off “Growing Up Chrisley,” featuring the couple’s adult children, Chase Chrisley and Savannah Chrisley. But Deadline reported that in light of the convictions, neither project would progress at NBCUniversal.
Times staff writer Alexandra Del Rosario contributed to this report.