“Chrisley Knows Best” stars Todd and Julie Chrisley are pleading with a federal judge to push back their next court hearing, saying they need months to go through the evidence the government has collected on them.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Todd and Julie are requesting the scheduled hearing of September 5 be pushed back. The reality stars explain, “The Government has informed the Defendants that discovery consists of a voluminous number of documents, including the results of the search of several locations, seizure of hard documents as well as electronic media from at least three email accounts.”
Prosecutors have turned over some evidence to the Chrisley’s including, “search warrant applications and affidavits, certain recorded statements, information from the IRS and the Defendants’ Criminal History Reports.”
They believe it will take their lawyers “weeks, if not months, to review and understand all of the materials that will be provided. It is anticipated that hundreds of thousands of pages of financial information and email correspondence will have to be catalogued, reviewed and separated.
Todd and Julie are asking the judge to postpone the hearing to allow them to prepare their defense. A judge has yet to rule.
The reality stars were recently hit with a federal indictment. The indictment, filed in the Northern District of Georgia and obtained by The Blast, charged Todd and Julie with 11 counts related to bank fraud and tax evasion.
Officials claim Todd and Julie set up a production company, called 7C’s Productions, which served as a loan-out company for all the money earned through their popular reality show, “Chrisley Knows Best,” which airs on the USA Network.
The documents claim millions of dollars were deposited into the production company account over the years, but the reality stars did not file tax returns in time for 2014, 2015 or 2016.
Furthermore, they accuse Julie of actually cutting and pasting together financial figures to falsify documents.
According to the federal sentencing guidelines, the reality stars are facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
As part of their release from prison the judge ordered certain terms. Per the terms, Todd and Julie are barred from obtaining any new bank loans or getting extensions from the bank “without approval of probation officer”.
The judge also ordered they cannot change their address without permission from the court.
Further, the order prohibits them from having any contact “with individuals identified by government as witnesses or victims, unless family or employment related.”
The couple were ordered to remain in Georgia and not travel without permission. They both had to surrender their passports in court.