Reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley appeared in court and pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, hours after they turned themselves in for indictments of tax evasion and other financial crimes.
According to WSBTV Atlanta, the Chrisley Knows Best stars walked into the courtroom “shackled,” but walked out “vowing to fight.” A judge set an unsecured bond of $100,000 each with travel restrictions. (Todd, 50, and Julie, 46, are allowed to visit California for taping of their reality show as long as they notify probation officers.)
“We stand in our faith, and we stand in what we know is right. We are fortunate to have the counsel that we have and our family will stick together, and we’ll walk this road because we know that the good Lord will hold our hand and take us through,” Todd told local reporters.
NEW AT 5 (thread): “…We know that the Good Lord will hold our hand and take us through.”We caught up w/Todd and Julie Chrisley after federal arraignment They walked into a courtroom shackled and walked out vowing to fight a 12-ct tax evasion, financial crimes indictment @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/qALB6VwacP
— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) August 14, 2019
In a statement to PEOPLE on Wednesday, the family’s attorneys, Bruce H. Morris and Stephen Friedberg, said, “For quite some time now, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia has been conducting an investigation of Todd and Julie Chrisley based for the most part on the demonstrably false allegations of a former officer of a company they owned jointly. We saw the results of this effort yesterday—an indictment against Todd, Julie, and their accountant that relies largely if not entirely on emails that we know Todd never sent but rather were fabricated …”
They added that they believed a former employee was making the allegations in retaliation for “a federal RICO suit that the Chrisleys filed against him in 2012. Ironically, it was this lawsuit that sent him to the U.S. Attorney’s office. He wasn’t looking for justice but for revenge …” (Court records indicate that Julie Chrisley filed a federal RICO lawsuit in 2012 against an executive of Chrisley Asset Management. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed by the court.) “Now, seven years later, the government has granted this individual immunity from prosecution … to bring an indictment against the Chrisleys.”
The attorneys said in their statement, “We have no doubt that if this case ever reaches a courtroom, Todd and Julie will be completely exonerated. But in the meantime, their reputation will be sullied by a shamefully unjustified prosecution,” they concluded.
Hours prior to the appearance, Todd and Julie turned themselves in to the Federal Bureau of Investigation — one day after being hit with 12-count indictment that spans nine years. The indictment, obtained by PEOPLE, alleges that the Chrisleys participated in tax evasion, wire fraud and conspiracy bank fraud.
Prosecutors also claim the Chrisleys also used their production company, 7 C Production, to hide their reality TV income from …read more