Holding onto hope? Todd and Julie Chrisley have turned to their faith for comfort after being sentenced to a combined 19 years in prison for fraud scandal.“Yesterday was a difficult day for the Chrisley family,” the couples’ attorney, Alex Little, said in a statement to People on Tuesday, November 22. “But Todd and Julie are people of faith, and that faith gives them strength as they appeal their convictions.”The lawyer claimed that the Chrisley Knows Best stars’ trial was “marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about what taxes the couple paid.” He concluded: “Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the road ahead.”Todd, 53, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday, November 21, while his wife, 49, was ordered to serve seven years.
The duo was also given 16 months of probation after being indicted on 12 counts of tax evasion, bank and wire fraud and conspiracy in 2019.The USA Network personalities were found guilty on all charges in June after going to trial one month prior.
The reality stars’ accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also found guilty by the court and was sentenced on Monday to 36 months in prison.Throughout the scandal, Todd and Julie have maintained their innocence, claiming that former employee Mark Braddock was to blame for allegedly exaggerating the couple’s earnings to banks in order to borrow more than $30 million.Todd’s two eldest children, Kyle Chrisley and Lindsie Chrisley, whom he shares with ex-wife, Teresa Terry, have since shared cryptic messages about the heartbreaking news.“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.Read more on usmagazine.com