According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Joshua Waites, Director of the Georgia Department of Revenue’s Office of Special Investigations is responding to Todd & Julie Chrisley’s lawsuit. He denies all allegations of wrongdoing.
In their lawsuit, the reality stars accuse the man of abusing his power in an effort to "to aggressively pursue and prosecute bogus tax evasion claims against the Chrisleys."Todd & Julie accuse Waites of “aggressively” pursuing a relationship with their estranged daughter, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, to try and “induce her to reveal compromising information” about the family.
In newly filed court documents, Waites argues he cannot be sued per the law.He says, “Under the GTCA, “[a] state officer or employee who commits a tort while acting within the scope of his or her official duties or employment is not subject to lawsuit or liability therefor.”
“Further, if an employee is sued for a tort committed while acting within the scope of employment, “the state government entity for which the state officer or employee was acting must be substituted as the party defendant.”
He adds, “Examining the claims against Waites here, it is clear that he is entitled to immunity. He was a state officer or employee who was, at all relevant times, acting within the course and scope of his official state duties or employment. As such, he is immune from suit on any state law tort claims, and in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 50-21-25(b), any state law tort claim that the Chrisley’s assert against him should be dismissed. While O.C.G.A. § 50-21-25(b) contemplates substituting the appropriate state agency in place of the individual officer, for the reasons set forth below, any potential state law claims against Georgia Department of Revenue should be dismissed as well. “Waites is demanding the entire lawsuit be dismissed.
In the lawsuit, Text messages were entered as exhibits which appear to show a long conversation going on between Waites and Lindsie in which they discussed details of her family's financial situation.
In one message, apparently sent from Waites, the tax official asks if Lindsie would be "willing to talk about him," in a reference to Todd.
The suit accuses the official of also having “discussed his personal life and his family with her and sent her photographs of his children."
The case by the Chrisley family stems from claims that they owed the state of Georgia millions of dollars in unpaid taxes.
An attorney for the Chrisley family released a statement saying this is "a shocking example of how an out-of-control public servant can abuse his office and violate the rights of innocent citizens for reasons that have more to do with securing publicity and money for his office than with enforcing the law."