While they await sentencing, the Chrisleys are under house arrest. Todd and Julie Chrisley’s bond conditions were changed to include house confinement and electronic monitoring after they were found guilty in their tax fraud trial.
“The court changed the bond on both of the Chrisleys after the decision was read,” legal expert Julie Rendelman told ET.
“First and foremost, they are currently on home confinement, albeit they are allowed to go out for doctor’s appointments and the such.”
Todd and Julie will be confined to their home at all times, except for employment, education, religious service, health treatment, attorney visits, court appearances, court-ordered obligations, or other activities pre-approved by the Court or probation officer, according to the couple’s bond condition form, which ET obtained.
“There is also electronic surveillance, which is overseen by probation,” Rendelman added.
The pair must pay all or part of the fees of the Location Monitoring Program, according to the bond condition form, based on their ability to pay as decided by the probation officer.
“One of the largest things that changed,” Rendelman said, “is that any spending for either of them over $1,000 must be reported to probation,” which she expects will not be “an easy chore for the Chrisleys, given their previous spending habits.”
“I’ve never seen a recommendation as part of a bond,” she said of the spending restriction.
Todd and Julie were sentenced to bond conditions after a federal jury found them guilty of conspiring to defraud community banks of more than $30 million in bogus loans.
“Basically, what they did was they presented fake paperwork to financial organizations in order to obtain those loans,” Rendelman told ET. “The federal government was able to prove this case not just on those physical documents, but also on emails and text communications between the Chrisleys and one of the cooperators who came forward to inform the government what the Chrisleys had done,” she said.
Todd and Julie, as well as their accountant, Peter Tarantino, was found guilty of a variety of tax offenses, including conspiring to defraud the IRS. Peter was convicted guilty of filing two false corporate tax returns on behalf of the Chrisleys’ company, and the Chrisleys were found guilty of tax evasion. Julie was also found guilty of wire fraud and obstruction of justice by the jury.
Julie’s lawyer, Steve Friedberg, said after the guilty judgment that “both Chrisleys are devastated and dissatisfied with the verdict and will be pursuing an appeal.”
“Julie and Todd are incredibly grateful for their family, friends, and fans love and support,” the statement continued. “They both stay steadfast in their beliefs and will battle until they are vindicated. They have their priorities straight and are currently focusing on Todd’s mother, Elizabeth Faye Chrisley, and their children.”
Grayson, 16, Savannah, 24, and Chase, 26, are the couple’s children. Todd has two children from his first marriage, Kyle, 30, and Lindsie, 32. Todd and Julie also look after Todd’s mother, Faye, who is 78 years old.
Todd, Julie, and Peter are scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 6 and face a maximum term of 30 years in jail, though Rendelman believes they will not receive anything close to that.
“The judge has a lot of leeway in determining the proper sentencing for Todd and Julie Chrisley. He has the power to sentence them to up to 30 years in prison, but it’s highly doubtful that they’ll receive anything close to that “she stated “He will look at a sentencing guideline before deciding what is suitable. Both the defence and the government will present their arguments to the judge in an attempt to persuade the judge to impose the most appropriate sentence based on which side you hear from.”