After being charged with evading nearly $2 million in state taxes between 2008 and 2016, Todd Chrisley and his wife Julie Chrisley have been cleared of those charges.
According to a press release, a settlement was reached with the Georgia Department of Revenue last week. The settlement revealed that the Chrisley Knows Best stars had incorrectly filed in only one of the 9 years covered in the suit. In fact, the couple over-paid taxes for four of those years, owed nothing for four more and under-paid just $77,000 one year, which they have agreed to pay.
“Julie and I knew all along that we had done nothing wrong and that when the facts all came out, we would be fine,” Todd said in a statement. “We’re just glad that the Department of Revenue was willing to keep an open mind and look at all the evidence.”
One down and one to go. While this is good news for the Chrisley family, they now face a federal indictment for tax evasion and other financial crime from that same period, after a grand jury indicted them on conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion. Todd and Julie have pled not guilty to those charges.
“We have maintained from day one that there has not been any tax evasion by our clients Todd and Julie Chrisley,” attorney Bruce H. Morris said in a statement, reported by E!. “This settlement with the state is a big step in the direction of proving their innocence.”
Earlier this year, Todd spoke out about the charges that were forthcoming for the family, denying any wrongdoing from day one.
“It looks like later this week Julie and I are going to be named in a federal indictment charging us with tax evasion and probably a bunch of other financial crimes as well,” he said. “I’m telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of. Not only do we know we’ve done nothing wrong, but we’ve got a ton of hard evidence and a bunch of corroborating witnesses that proves it. We know that if and when this goes to court, the truth will prevail and the charges against us will be exposed for the outrageous lies they are.”
Looks like, at least in the case with the state of Georgia, he was right.