Todd Chrisley is getting ahead of the news and denying that he and his wife Julie committed financial crimes as he says he is about to be named in a soon-to-be-released federal indictment.
The "Chrisley Knows Best" star addressed the news via Instagram in a lengthy statement on Monday and also came forward with allegations of theft against a former employee.
"I’ve never talked about this publicly before, but there’s been a cloud hanging over Julie and me and our entire family 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,” Todd, 50, began the post.
While Todd said that he wouldn’t “go into details,” he claimed that the case “involved all kinds of really bad stuff like creating phony documents, forging our signatures, and threatening other employees with violence if they said anything.”
“We even discovered that he illegally bugged our home,” Todd alleged about the man, whom he did not identify. “Needless to say, we fired the guy and took him to court — and that’s when the real trouble started. To get revenge, he took a bunch of his phony documents to the U.S. Attorney’s office and told them we had committed all kinds of financial crimes, like tax evasion and bank fraud. That got their attention all right, but once we had a chance to explain who he was and what he’d done to us, they realized it was all a bunch of nonsense and they sent him on his way.”
Todd believed the case was over but he claims the former employee "persuaded a different set of" U.S. Attorney’s Office investigators to reopen the case.
“So far so good — except that our former employee didn’t give up. Somehow, he persuaded a different set of investigators at the U.S. Attorney’s office not only to reopen the case but also to grant him immunity from prosecution for his own crimes and bring charges against us,” he alleged.
“As a result, 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.
Todd went on to say, “We know we’ve done nothing wrong.”
He added, “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.”
Todd is leaning on his faith and trust in God to see him through this tough time.
“Anyway, when all is said and done, we trust in God and God says to us in Jeremiah 51:36, ‘I will defend you. I will be your lawyer. I will plead your case.’ 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,” said the reality star. “As it says in Proverbs 3:5-6, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.’"
He concluded by saying, “We want to express our gratitude to everyone who helped place us where we are today in our lives. We thank you for your support and we will continue to work every day to earn your respect, loyalty, and admiration. We covet your prayers, Todd, Julie & the entire Chrisley Clan.”
He captioned the post: “Thank you all for your love and support. Our family will forever be grateful ❤️ God bless you all!”
After Todd released the statement, Savannah Chrisley left an encouraging message of support in support of her father.
“Thank you for being YOU! You have and always will be the glue that holds us all together. God has a much bigger plan for all of us and this is just part of it,” she wrote.