ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- A federal grand jury indicts a former Atlanta reality TV couple for tax evasion and several other crimes.
The 27-page indictment names Todd and Julie Chrisley as well as their former Roswell-based certified public accountant Peter Tarantino.
The charges include conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion.
CBS46 spoke with U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak right after the grand jury indicted the Chrisleys.
“The indictment goes all the way back to 2007 and all the way up to 2016," said Pak.
The U.S. Attorney also said the family and their former accountant allegedly falsified documents to receive big loans. They also allegedly created fake bank statements and filed false tax returns, the indictment claims.
“As a result of the show they were paid handsomely, but that money was not reported to the IRS, and no taxes were paid for certain tax years from 2013 on,” said Pak.
But the reality TV star -- who previously lived in Georgia and taped his show in the Peach State -- is now pointing fingers at a former employee.
In a lengthy Instagram post on Monday, the "Chrisley Knows Best" star wrote in part:
“I’ve never talked about this publicly, but there’s a cloud hanging over Julie and me for the past seven years. It all started back in 2012, when we discovered that a trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time."
While Todd’s post said he wouldn’t go into details, he claimed that after being fired, the former employee took phony documents to the U.S. Attorney's office and told them the family had committed the financial crimes."
We also learned that Todd’s son Chase is also accused of owing $16,000 in back taxes.
The show on USA Network has followed the Chrisleys for seven seasons.
USA Network has not commented on whether the indictment would impact the show.
Despite the allegations and charges, Todd Chrisley said, “We know we’ve done nothing wrong.”
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