They may be staring down the barrel of up to 30 years in prison for tax and banking fraud, but Chrisley Knows Best stars Todd and Julie aren’t letting it stop them from continuing with their podcast – and their preaching.
The couple, who will be sentenced in October, were found guilty of a years-long tax and banking fraud conspiracy in June that allowed them to borrow $30million by inflating their earnings.
Before being given a reality TV show, Todd was a successful Georgia real estate entrepreneur. The show began in 2014 and continues to air on the USA Network, despite their conviction. They also continue to run their lucrative Apple podcast, Chrisley Confessions.
In the most recent episode titled, Revenge is a Drug, Land of Dreams, and Comebacks Begin with Jesus, the pair discuss how their criminal conviction brought them closer together.
They however maintain that they are the wronged parties, referring to their conviction as a ‘shakedown’, and claiming they are the victim of a dishonest ex-employee.
Todd and Julie Chrisley are awaiting sentencing for a $30million tax and banking fraud case
‘People will get what’s coming to them, but it’s in God’s time.
‘It’s not on our time. That’s where we want to push it along, we want to hurry it up because we’re hurting so badly that we just want to see an ounce of love from someone else because we feel like we’re hemorrhaging,’ Julie said.
The couple were brought down in part by the testimony of Mark Braddock, a 53-year-old married ex-employee who told a jury that not only did he help the couple with their scheme, but that he and Todd also had a gay affair.
Todd and Julie have always accused him of lying.
‘Clearly we had this employee that worked for us you look and say “how is he getting away with this?” I have prayed for god to take this hatred out of my heart.’
Julie said it was frustrating to watch Braddock get off ‘without a scrape’.
‘Throughout seasons of your life, I know that you feel like you are hemorrhaging to death and you can’t even see a scrape on the other person that you feel like has lied on you, or that has done wrong by you or that has cheated you.
Todd Chrisley is shown at the family home in June after being found guilty of tax and banking fraud
‘That’s what makes it so hard.’
‘This podcast is being as real as it can possibly be. You know the storms we have gone through. The only thing we can share is share honesty and how we get through the day.
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‘It’s not meant to be some “teachy” where we’re sitting here on a throne acting holier than thou… we sin every single day.
‘Part of what our calling is is to let people know that they are not in it by themselves. to let them know we all struggle. If you’re driving to your job and you’ve got kids screaming and you’re trying to figure out how to pay your groceries this month… we all have our struggles. We want to let you know you’re not by yourself.
‘Our struggles may look different… but Chrisley Confessions is never going to be one of those podcasts where we’re going to tell you “our life is perfect” we will tell you we have been blessed beyond measure.
‘Everything we have is because god has blessed us with it. ‘
Todd also admitted becoming a ‘slave to money’ as their star rose.
‘I got lost when I couldn’t tell the difference between my self worth and my net worth
‘The bigger my net worth became, the less I focused on my self worth because everything was being built around that net worth. Around stuff.
‘When the stuff starts owning you versus you owning it, and you know when I talk about that, you have all those cars that you have to maintain and houses and trips that you have to do in order to keep up with everyone around you that’s in your social network.
‘You became a slave to the things that you thought were going to bring you peace.
The couple’s multimillion dollar home in Nashville. They are the stars of a reality TV show based around their real estate business
‘It was all about outdoing the next. We continue to do that.
‘When we get to a place where we stop trying to outdo our neighbor and start trying to bring our neighbor to where we are, that allows us all to grow together.
‘I got lost in that.
‘You become a slave to the things that you thought were going to bring you peace.
‘So I got lost in that and for my whole life because I think I was too ignorant — and when I use the word ignorant [I mean] I [didn’t] know that I understood how to differentiate self-worth and net worth.’
He added that he believed he was entitled to his wealth because he worked ’14 to 16 hours’, and he assumed others weren’t.
‘I know that this storm right now that we are going through, eventually it’s going to end.
‘It may not end the way that we envision it to end, but it’s going to end exactly the way God intends for it,’ Julie said.
Braddock told a jury that he and Todd were romantically involved.
They are expected to return to court on October 3.
The couple are continuing with their USA Network TV show despite their conviction