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Todd and Julie Chrisley request prayers from fans after fraud and tax evasion conviction


Todd and Julie Chrisley opened up about their state of mind in the wake of their conviction on their Chrisley Confessions podcast on Wednesday, asking fans for their prayers.

Todd, 53, said he appreciated the outpouring of support from fans after he and Julie, 49, were found guilty on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion June 7 following a three-week trial by jury.

‘I want you all to know that the messages that we’re receiving, the mail … the gifts that people are leaving at our doors, the flower arrangements … all of this stuff is just overwhelming and very much appreciated,’ Todd said. ‘We don’t want you … wasting your money on things like that.

The latest: Todd and Julie Chrisley opened up about their state of mind in the wake of their conviction on their Chrisley Confessions podcast on Wednesday, asking fans for their prayers. The couple was snapped in 2019 in Nashville

The latest: Todd and Julie Chrisley opened up about their state of mind in the wake of their conviction on their Chrisley Confessions podcast on Wednesday, asking fans for their prayers. The couple was snapped in 2019 in Nashville 

He added that he and Julie ‘don’t need anything’ and that ‘the best gift you could give us is prayer,’ to which Julie added, ‘Amen.’

On their podcast last week, Todd said the family remains focused on faith amid the tumultuous time.

‘We still hold steadfast in our faith, and we trust that God will do what he does best because God’s a miracle worker,’ Todd said. ‘We’re alive and kicking, and we appreciate all the support we have received from everyone.’

The pair were first indicted in August 2019 and again this past February.

Todd, 53, said he appreciated the outpouring of support from fans after he and Julie, 49, were found guilty on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion June 7

Todd, 53, said he appreciated the outpouring of support from fans after he and Julie, 49, were found guilty on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion June 7

(L-R) Faye Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley, Julie Chrisley and Grayson Chrisley were seen in a promotional shot for the series

(L-R) Faye Chrisley, Chase Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, Chloe Chrisley, Julie Chrisley and Grayson Chrisley were seen in a promotional shot for the series 

The reality stars were convicted of conspiracy to take out more than $30 million in loans under fraudulent circumstances and Julie was convicted of obstruction of justice and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Ryan Buchanan’s office said, according to the AP.

Prosecutors said that the Chrisleys, seeking loans, gave banks false documents and that Julie had given a fake credit report and bank statements when she was seeking a home rental in California. Prosecutors said the Chrisleys hid income via a company they had in an effort to prevent the IRS from taking Todd Chrisley’s delinquent tax totals.

In the wake of the conviction, the Chrisleys were placed under conditions of home detention and location monitoring by U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross, and must inform their probation officer of any purchases more than $1,000.

An accountant who worked with the couple, Peter Tarantino, is out on bond after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy and filing fraudulent tax returns, officials said.

The reality stars were convicted of conspiracy to take out more than $30 million in loans under fraudulent circumstances and Julie was convicted of obstruction of justice and wire fraud

The reality stars were convicted of conspiracy to take out more than $30 million in loans under fraudulent circumstances and Julie was convicted of obstruction of justice and wire fraud 

Among those who testified in the trial was Mark Braddock, a one-time business partner of Todd’s who told the court that he and Todd had an affair in the early 2000s, according to Business Insider.

Braddock, a married father and grandfather, last month testified that he and Chrisley had paid off a blackmailer to keep the affair a secret; and that he had helped Chrisley in many of the crimes he had committed.

Braddock, who was given immunity in exchange for his testimony, said he and Chrisley had a friendship they likened to a ‘brotherhood’ until a falling-out in 2012; and that he alerted the FBI to their ongoing tax issues.

Todd Chrisley’s lawyer Bruce Morris said that he expected to appeal the case.

The Chrisleys and Tarantino are slated to be sentenced October 6.

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