Devout Christians Todd and Julie Chrisley are ‘optimistic’ despite their ‘error-filled’ trial

‘They are people of faith:’ Devout Christians Todd and Julie Chrisley are ‘optimistic’ despite their ‘error-filled’ trial – as their strong religion drives them APPEAL their jail sentences for $30M tax fraud

  • Todd and Julie Chrisley have said they plan to fight back just a day after being sentenced to 12 and seven years in prison for fraud and tax evasion 
  • The Chrisleys, through a spokesperson for their attorneys, told DailyMail.com in a statement that they will appeal the decision after the reality stars were handed harsh terms in a court in Atlanta 
  • Prosecutors argued that they ‘swindled’ banks out of $30million in loans then avoided paying taxes for years – even after declaring bankruptcy 
  • Attorney Alex Little claimed that the trial was completely flawed and that their faith will ‘give them strength’ as they try to fight the case before they must report for sentencing on January 1 
  • The Chrisleys are echoing daughter Savannah, who said Sunday that they’re trusting their faith in God over the system 
  • Todd was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while wife Julie was given a seven-year sentence 

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Todd and Julie Chrisley have said they plan to lean on their faith in God as they ready an appeal to fight back just a day after being sentenced to 12 and seven years in prison for fraud and tax evasion, respectively. 

The Chrisleys, through a spokesperson for their attorneys, told DailyMail.com in a statement that they will appeal the decision after the ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ stars were handed harsh terms in a court in Atlanta, where prosecutors argued that they ‘swindled’ banks out of $30million in loans then avoided paying taxes for years – even after declaring bankruptcy. 

Attorney Alex Little claimed that the trial was completely flawed and that their faith will ‘give them strength’ as they try to fight the case before they must report for sentencing on January 1, echoing daughter Savannah, who said Sunday that they’re trusting their faith in God over the system.

While they didn’t address past accusations that the case is based off complaints from a disgruntled employee, they did accuse the government of deceiving the jury over the tax fraud allegations.

The statement reads: ‘Yesterday was a difficult day for the Chrisley family. But Todd and Julie are people of faith gives them strength as they appeal their convictions. Their trial was marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about what taxes the couple paid. Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the road ahead.’ 

Todd and Julie Chrisley have said they plan to fight back just a day after being sentenced to 12 and seven years in prison for fraud and tax evasion

Todd and Julie Chrisley have said they plan to fight back just a day after being sentenced to 12 and seven years in prison for fraud and tax evasion 

The Chrisleys (pictured here in a court sketch), through a spokesperson for their attorneys, told DailyMail.com in a statement that they will appeal the decision after the 'Chrisley Knows Best' stars were handed harsh terms in a court in Atlanta, where prosecutors argued that they 'swindled' banks out of $30million in loans then avoided paying taxes for years - even after declaring bankruptcy

The Chrisleys (pictured here in a court sketch), through a spokesperson for their attorneys, told DailyMail.com in a statement that they will appeal the decision after the ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ stars were handed harsh terms in a court in Atlanta, where prosecutors argued that they ‘swindled’ banks out of $30million in loans then avoided paying taxes for years – even after declaring bankruptcy

Julie Chrisley, 49, is spotted at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday, a day after she was sentenced to seven years in prison. She has until January 1 before her term begins

Julie Chrisley, 49, is spotted at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday, a day after she was sentenced to seven years in prison. She has until January 1 before her term begins

Julie Chrisley broke cover at her $1.6million home in Nashville on Tuesday, emerging from the gargantuan home in her sweatpants.  

They insist they are the victims of false allegations and a smear campaign by a ‘disgruntled’ employee. 

That man claims he had a gay affair with Todd Chrisley and that he had a front row seat to the couple’s life and financial lies. 

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Julie had ditched her signature bouffant and glamorous garb for a glum, grey sweatsuit. Todd was nowhere to be seen

Julie had ditched her signature bouffant and glamorous garb for a glum, grey sweatsuit

Julie had ditched her signature bouffant and glamorous garb for a glum, grey sweatsuit. Todd was nowhere to be seen 

The family's gargantuan home in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee. A luxury car was parked outside on Tuesday

The family’s gargantuan home in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee. A luxury car was parked outside on Tuesday 

Julie and her husband are shown looking their glamorous selves in October last year

Julie and her husband are shown looking their glamorous selves in October last year

In an 11th hour grab for mercy, they told the judge that their adopted 10-year-old daughter Chloe ‘doesn’t want to live if [her] mom goes away.’ 

On Tuesday morning, their attorney Bruce Morris confirmed to DailyMail.com that they planned to appeal the sentences. 

Last night, their 25-year-old daughter Savannah took to Instagram to defend them. 

She posted a quote from Twitter pastor Kimberly Jones that read: ‘Noah didn’t stop building the ark to explain himself to everyone who doubted and hated on him. Keep building your ark. The rain will do the talking.’ 

Savannah often appeared in the family’s NBC show Chrisley Knows Best. The show has now been canceled, along with the rest of their projects. 

The rest of the couple’s children haven’t been as vocal. 

Lindsie Chrisley, who was estranged from her famous father but recently reconciled with him, posted a photograph with her girlfriends who’d gone to her home to support her with a ‘bottle of champagne. 

Todd and Julie’s three sons – Kyle, 31, Chase, 26, and Grayson, 16, – are yet to comment on their sentencing and have not responded to DailyMail.com’s inquiries. 

‘The Chrisleys have built an empire based on the lie that their wealth came from dedication and hard work.

Todd Chrisley boasting that he spends $300,000 a year on clothes for his family just two years after filing for bankruptcy

Todd Chrisley boasting that he spends $300,000 a year on clothes for his family just two years after filing for bankruptcy 

The 2012 court filing reveals how Chrisley claimed he had just $100 in cash, nothing in his bank account, $650 in clothes and a $1,300 platinum wedding band

The 2012 court filing reveals how Chrisley claimed he had just $100 in cash, nothing in his bank account, $650 in clothes and a $1,300 platinum wedding band 

Chrisley claimed he had $4.2million in assets but nearly $50million in debts when he filed in 2012

Chrisley claimed he had $4.2million in assets but nearly $50million in debts when he filed in 2012 

‘The jury’s unanimous verdict sets the record straight: Todd and Julie Chrisley are career swindlers who have made a living by jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, stiffing vendors and evading taxes at every corner,’ prosecutor Annalise Peters said yesterday. 

Todd and Julie live in Nashville, Tennessee, in a $3.4million home. They were charged in Georgia, where they also own property. 

Since 2014, they have billed themselves as a holier-than-thou family and appeared on multiple reality TV shows and spin-offs. 

But it was their taste for the limelight that ultimately put them on prosecutors’ radar. 

Todd and Julie Chrisley are shown in a court sketch completed yesterday during their sentencing. They were given 12 years and seven years in prison

Todd and Julie Chrisley are shown in a court sketch completed yesterday during their sentencing. They were given 12 years and seven years in prison 

The TV personality couple were found guilty of swindling banks out of $30million to fund a lavish lifestyle that they claimed was the result of a successful joint real estate career. They are pictured on Saturday

The TV personality couple were found guilty of swindling banks out of $30million to fund a lavish lifestyle that they claimed was the result of a successful joint real estate career. They are pictured on Saturday 

Tough times: The couple’s daughter Savannah posted this quote about Noah’s Ark on her Instagram page last night (left) while their other daughter Lindsie said her friends had come over to console her with champagne 

Savannah Chrisley

Chase Chrisley

Savannah Chrisley, left, and Chase Chrisley, right, leaving court yesterday after their parents’ sentencing. Their other adult siblings didn’t attend, and the younger kids were at home 

Prior to the show, they filed for bankruptcy in 2014, citing $50million in debts. Todd’s lawyer claimed at the time it was down to him personally guaranteeing a business loan, but records seen by DailyMail.com show how he claimed he had nothing in his bank account and just $100 in cash at the time. 

He listed assets – mostly property – totaling $4.2million, but his debts were at $49.2million. 

The judge granted him a reprieve and the result of the case wiped $20million in debt. 

Two years later, however, he was on TV boasting about how he spent $300,000-a-year on clothes for his family. 

It was the beginning of the family’s many shows, and likely the end of their free run. 

In 2019, they were indicted on fraud and tax evasion charges. 

The couple later downsized from their home in Georgia to a smaller property in Nashville, where much of the show was filmed. 

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