ATLANTA - A popular reality TV couple told a federal judge Wednesday that they're not guilty of tax evasion and a laundry list of other financial crimes.
Todd and Julie Chrisley pleaded not guilty after they were accused in a 12-count federal indictment of tax evasion, wire fraud and using their production company to hide their reality TV income from the IRS.
"We stand in our faith, and we stand in what we know is right," Todd Chrisley said. "We are fortunate to have the counsel that we have, and our family will stick together, and we'll walk this road because we know that the good Lord will hold our hand and take us through."
A judge ordered the Chrisleys to pay $100,000 each in unsecured bonds and to restrict travel to the middle district of Tennessee, where they currently live, and the northern district of Georgia, where they used to live, unless they have permission from their probation officers.
Their attorneys struck a deal with prosecutors that allows them to travel to California for their reality TV taping without approval, but they do have to provide their probation officers with a complete itinerary when they're called out to work.
As conditions of their bond, the Chrisleys were also barred from using controlled substances unless they're prescribed by a doctor and told to avoid excessive alcohol intake. Their passports have been taken and they can't get new ones while charges are pending. The couple also can't change their Nashville address unless they notify or get permission from the court to do so.
Communication about the case is forbidden between the Chrisleys and family members and production crew members who appear on a government witness list.
"We're going to fight, and we're going to win," attorney Bruce H. Morris said. "They are innocent of every single charge."
In an Instagram post Monday night, Todd Chrisley told fans the couple fell victim to an ex-employee who somehow convinced federal agents to go after them.
Todd Chrisley said Wednesday that the couple continued to stand by the social media statement.
"These folks have waited since 2012, dealing with this, and it's finally come time to finally deal with it and show the government the person they've been relying on for their evidence is not worthy of belief," Morris said.
But in an interview following the grand jury's Tuesday indictment, U.S. Attorney BJay Pak pushed back on that.
"Referring back to the Instagram post, I believe Mr. Chrisley has alleged that all this occurred in 2012 or before that, but if you read the indictment and the grand jury has alleged, there's plenty of fraudulent and criminal activity that occurred after that date," Pak said.
The couple's former Roswell-based certified public accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also indicted for allegedly helping them falsify financial documents. He is set to turn himself in to federal agents Thursday.
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