Todd & Julie Chrisley have filed a lawsuit against a state tax official claiming the man abused his power to violate federal and state law as part of an effort “to aggressively pursue and prosecute bogus tax evasion claims against the Chrisleys.”
The Blast obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed against Director Joshua Waites of the Georgia Department of Revenue’s Office of Special Investigations.
The Chrisley’s claim Waites “aggressively” pursued a relationship wtih Todd Chrisley’s estranged daughter, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, in an effort to “induce her to reveal compromising information about her family.”
Text messages entered as exhibits in the lawsuit appear to show a long conversation going on between Waites and Lindsie in which they discussed particular 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.
Waites filled Lindsie in on other cases he was working on, including people he had taken into custody. One of the provided photos, apparently sent by Waites, shows a man being loaded in the back of a police car.
The lawsuit alleges he also “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. The other week, officials dropped the case and conceded that the Chrisleys had actually taken care of their taxes for the years in question.
An attorney for the Chrisley family says the actions by the Georgia Department of Revenue 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.”
The lawsuit is asking for an unspecified amount in damages, but a statement from the Chrisleys says they have “pledged to donate any funds they recover in damages to programs designed to assist Georgia taxpayers who have suffered similar ill-treatment.”