Todd and Julie Chrisley: A Timeline of Their Rise and Fall
At the 2014 premiere of « Chrisley Knows Best, » Atlanta real estate mogul Todd Chrisley shows the cameras around his neatly organized closet, bragging that his family spends around $300,000 a year « sometimes more. « for clothes alone.
Chrisley – along with his family, including his wife Julie Chrisley – rose to fame for showing off their opulent lifestyle on their USA Network TV show.
Less than a decade later, reality has caught up with the reality TV family.
In June, Todd and Julie Chrisley were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud banks out of more than $30 million in fraudulent loans and tax evasion, and last month were sentenced to federal prison for their convictions.
“I really read and prayed and prayed with my prayer partner and believed that the journey that we are all on, that there is a purpose. There is a purpose,” Julie Chrisley said in the latest episode of the family’s « Chrisley Confessions » podcast.
Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while Julie Chrisley was sentenced to seven years. Upon their release, they will both be on probation for three years.
Both maintained their innocence and their lawyers said the couple planned to appeal the verdict in their case.
They are ordered to report to Florida prisons in mid-January to begin serving their sentences – a world that will be a far cry from the lavish surroundings for which they have become famous.
« I believe true growth comes from the depths of pain, » Todd Chrisley added on their podcast. « I believe the harder it gets, the more we have to cling to God. »
Here’s a look at Chrisley’s ups and downs.
Todd and Julie Chrisley have married and the couple are welcoming their first child together, son Chase. His daughter Savannah was born the following year. Grayson Chrisley, their third child, was born in 2006. (Todd Chrisley also has two children from a previous marriage, daughter Lindsie and son Kyle.)
Julie Chrisley is diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoes a double mastectomy. She then reflected on the support her husband gave her throughout her treatment in a 2018 interview with The Tennessean.
« I truly believe that moment took our relationship to a whole new level, » she told the publication.
“Chrisley Knows Best” debuts in March, highlighting the family’s affluent lifestyle. Behind the scenes, prosecutors would later allege that the two had financial problems.
The couple won custody of son Kyle Chrisley and Angela Johnson’s daughter Chloe after he was born a year earlier. In a Facebook post years later, Kyle opened up about his addiction problem.
« I haven’t been Chloe’s best dad, I had a drug problem, I acted completely ridiculous and through it all they stuck by me, » he wrote in August. 2019.
As the show’s popularity grew, Todd Chrisley landed the King of Reality award at the American Reality Television Awards.
“Chrlsley Knows Best” airs its historic 100th episode. In August, the first episode of the couple’s podcast, « Chrisley Confessions, » debuted with the iHeartRadio Network.
The couple are indicted on multiple counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion.
Todd Chrisley denies the charges, saying he and his wife have « nothing to hide » and were set up by a former employee.
The couple’s federal lawsuit begins with the government saying in opening statements that the Chrisleys overstated their bank earnings and borrowed more than $30 million that they couldn’t repay.
The Chrisleys accuse a former employee of duping them in their opening statement, according to Insider.
Prosecutors allege the Chrisleys hid millions of earnings from their TV show from the IRS. The couple were also found to have failed to pay taxes or file tax returns from 2013 to 2016.
After a three-week trial, the Chrisleys are found guilty and convicted on all counts in federal court in Georgia.
Todd Chrisley is the target of a conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to defend the United States, and tax evasion.
Julie Chrisley is convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to defend the United States, tax evasion and wire fraud.
The couple are under house arrest and placed under electronic surveillance until their conviction.
Sentencing dates for both are pushed back to November 21 after they file a motion for a new trial. The joint petition is rejected by the judge.
Todd Chrisley is sentenced to 12 years in prison and 16 months probation. Julie is sentenced to seven years and 16 months probation.
Deadline reports that “Chrisley Knows Best” and its spinoffs “Growing Up Chrisley” and “Love Limo” have all been cancelled.
USA Network will air a shortened Season 10 in 2023.