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Todd Chrisley Faces Another Defamation Lawsuit By Georgian Tax Investigator

Chrisley Knows Best star Todd Chrisley is facing a defamation lawsuit over podcast remarks against a tax investigator, named Amy Doherty-Heinze. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday (Sept. 22) by Amy, claiming that Chrisley “falsely and maliciously” accused her of criminal misconduct during the investigation of his tax evasion lawsuit.

Todd Defamed Amy On “Chrisley Confessions”

A Georgian Department Of Revenue investigator, Amy Doherty-Heinze filed a defamation lawsuit against Todd Chrisley for the defaming remarks he made on his famous podcast, “Chrisley Confession”. Per the lawsuit filed on Thursday (Sept. 22), Amy claims that the “Chrisley Knows Best” star accused her of criminal misconduct during the investigation of his infamous tax evasion lawsuit. She has also prayed before the judge to prosecute the 53-year-old reality star instead of her.

Amy’s lawsuit narrates that in his podcast episode (September 2021), Todd “maliciously and falsely” accused her of criminal misconduct. While mentioning her name twice, Savannah Chrisley’s father Todd called for her to be prosecuted for being corrupt and dishonest.

Not only this, but Todd also used Amy’s name and ‘pursued a campaign against her to get her fired. If you’re not aware, another defamation lawsuit filed against Chrisley by the same investigator is still pending for one year. On the other hand, Todd and his wife, Julie sued Amy in 2019 for “abuse of power” in their tax evasion case.

Todd and Julie’s Tax Evasion Case…

In June 2022, Todd and his wife, Julie Chrisley were found guilty of “bank fraud and tax evasion”. They were originally indicted in August 2019 and in February 2022 for the said charges. The couple filed a joint motion for a new trial accusing the witness of lying during “their spring trial”.

FYI, in September 2019, the couple has already settled charges of escaping nearly $2 million in Georgian state taxes. Following an agreement, the duo agreed to pay $150,000 to the authorities. However, they have pleaded “not guilty” to federal tax evasion charges.

FYI, another scandal occurred when  Todd’s eldest daughter Lindsie Chrisley filed a police report in 2019, accusing Todd and Julie’s eldest child, Chase, of “wanting her to lie about the incident”, and threatening her to release an alleged sex tape of her. Todd shut down these allegations, calling them “shameful and heartbreaking”.

During the trial, the prosecution argued that Julie and Todd submitted fake documents when they applied for multiple loads. In fact, Julie used doctored credit reports and bank statements so she could own rent in California. Well, greed took the best of them. Todd was found guilty of “conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion”. Julie, however, was convicted of the same charges, including additional charges of wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

More About The Tax Evasion Verdict…

The couple is facing up to 30 years in prison following the latest hearing that took place on June 7, 2022. The two along with their accountant, Peter Tarantino, were convicted by the jury for a number of tax crimes, including conspiracy to defraud the IRS. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan released a statement reading as under:

“The jury found that Todd and Julie Chrisley committed multiple fraud schemes for several years and their accountant, Peter Tarantino, filed false corporate tax returns on their behalf. This office and our partner agencies will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute white collar criminals who flout the law.”

Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, Keri Farley stated after the verdict, “As today’s outcome shows, when you lie, cheat and steal, justice is blind as to your fame, your fortune, and your position. In the end, when driven by greed, the verdict of guilty on all counts for these three defendants proves once again that financial crimes do not pay.” Todd and Julie have gotten what they deserve, but yes, there’s a long battle ahead.

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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