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Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley convicted on federal fraud charges

Investigators accused the “Chrisley Knows Best” couple of submitting false documents to request bank loans and using a production company to hide income from the IRS.
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Julie and Todd Chrisley in an episode of their reality show, "Chrisley Knows Best."USA Network / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

A jury found reality television couple Todd and Julie Chrisley guilty of fraud Tuesday, including charges related to a tax evasion scheme that went on for years.

The couple, known for their USA Network series “Chrisley Knows Best,” was indicted in 2019 on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Investigators accused the couple of submitting false documents to request bank loans and using a production company to hide income from the Internal Revenue Service.

The Chrisleys agreed on a settlement with the Georgia Department of Revenue in 2019 to avoid state charges, paying a $147,944.75 fine. But they also received more than $66,000 in refunds from the 2013 to 2016 tax years.

An attorney for the Chrisleys did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News. Bruce Morris, an attorney for Todd Chrisley, told The Associated Press he expects to appeal.

USA Network announced in May that the couple’s reality series was renewed for its 10th season, even though they were set to stand federal trial that same month.

Representatives for the network did not immediately respond to NBC News for comment.

Todd and Julie Chrisley placed themselves and their children in the limelight by showcasing their quirky Southern family when their show premiered in 2014.

Two of their children, Savannah and Chase Chrisley, earned their own spin-off series, “Growing Up Chrisley,” that aired for three seasons on USA Network. The series was picked up for a fourth season on E!.

Todd Chrisley was also expected to host a dating series on E!, set to air in 2023.

USA Network and E! are owned by NBC Universal, the parent company of NBC News.

A federal judge ordered the Chrisleys to remain out on bond, with location monitoring and home detention, until a sentencing hearing takes place.

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