Savannah Chrisley is upset that Jen Shah got a prison sentence significantly shorter than her parents, Todd and Julie Chrisley. During a recent episode of her podcast, Savannah compared Shah’s six-and-a-half-year sentence to her parents’ combined 19-year sentence. She then said it “makes no sense” because Shah had actual victims of her fraud, unlike her parents.
Shah was sentenced to 78 months earlier this year and is expected to surrender herself to prison in February. Upon her release, the reality star also has a five-year probation period and will be subject to mental health treatment. Meanwhile, Todd and Julie have already reported for their prison sentences in Florida and Kentucky, respectively.
The couple was found guilty of bank fraud and tax evasion schemes worth millions, which they used to fund their lifestyle. They rose to fame through their reality show, “Chrisley Knows Best,” which portrayed them as a wealthy Christian Southern family.
Read on to find out more.
Savannah Chrisley Criticized Jen Shah’s Prison Sentence
During a recent pre-recorded episode of her “Unlocked” podcast, via Insider, Savannah compared Shah’s sentence to her parents, criticizing its shorter length. Shah was sentenced to six and a half years, which is significantly less than Todd and Julie’s combined 19-year sentence. She said, “Put the cases side-by-side, and it makes no sense — it just doesn’t.”
Savannah said she considers Shah’s crimes way worse than that of her parents, especially because Shah left actual victims. Her telemarketing scheme was targeted at elderly people, stripping them of their earnings and homes. Meanwhile, the Chrisleys were found guilty of bank fraud and tax evasion, which they allegedly used to pay for their lavish lifestyles.
During the podcast episode, Savannah said, “There were hundreds of victims who were elderly, and people that provided statements that lost their homes, threatened to end their lives. There were so many different things, and she got six-and-a-half years. Make that make sense!”
Jen Shah Is Surrendering Herself To Prison In February
Shah pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and was convicted and sentenced to her 78-month sentence earlier this year. According to a judgment filed in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of New York, the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star is scheduled to report to prison on February 17th.
According to prosecutors, Shah was the head of a “nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme” that left thousands of victims. Upon her release, the 49-year-old will have five additional years of probation and will be subjected to mental health treatment. Shah has since pleaded for leniency, claiming her actions stemmed from “some personal painful experiences.”
The Chrisleys Have Reported To Prison Already
Meanwhile, Todd and Julie have reported to their prisons to serve their sentences. Todd will serve 12 years at Pensacola minimum security prison in Florida, while Julie will be remanded for seven years at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Following their release, the court has ordered the couple to also serve 16 months of probation.
The Chrisleys first rose to fame in 2014 for their reality TV show “Chrisley Knows Best,” which portrayed them as a rich Southern family that upholds Christian values and morals. In 2019, their kids, Chase and Savannah, were featured in a spin-off, “Growing Up Chrisley.” Both reality shows were canceled after the allegations arose and the parents were convicted.
Savannah Chrisley Insists That Her Parents Are Innocent
Despite the conviction, Savannah still insists that her parents are innocent of all charges. During the episode of her “Unlocked” podcast, she said, “You have someone who has not admitted to guilt and who will stand firm in that. We’re standing by our truth that it is ‘not guilty.’ There are no victims.”
Julie featured in the pre-recorded episode and also reiterated her claims of innocence. She agreed with her daughter’s statements and said that, unlike Shah’s crimes, she and Todd’s case had left no victims or hurt anyone. The couple has vehemently insisted that they’re innocent and are already appealing their conviction.
The Chrisley matriarch said, “None of it adds up, and to me, there’s more to it. I have committed myself to figure out what that is and for us to get to the other side of this so that we can help other people who are going through things like this.”