Todd and Julie Chrisley of ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ sentenced to prison for fraud, insurance fraud
The two defendants, who have been dubbed “Chrisley Knows Best” online, were sentenced Tuesday to eight years each in prison for fraud, insurance fraud and identity theft.
Their sentence was the result of a plea deal that will allow them to avoid jail time. A judge ordered that the women be housed in a women’s prison for at least one year after they complete their prison terms.
The two women had been accused of swindling a South Carolina couple out of thousands of dollars by posing as insurance agent Chrisley Knows Best. The couple had also given checks and money orders to Julie Chrisley’s son, Justin Chrisley, who was running his own business, according to authorities.
In 2011, the South Carolina couple gave their home and two cars to Julie Chrisley, who had moved to North Carolina.
A former employee of the couple told reporters that Julie Chrisley was a “fantastic housekeeper” who made sure that the house and all of the appliances always worked.
The family lived in North Carolina until the last two years of the couple’s life, but had previously moved to North Carolina when Chrisley Knows Best made several trips to South Carolina to sell his company.
Julie Chrisley returned from North Carolina in December to take care of her aging parents. Their deaths were discovered when the family home was sold this April.
The two women have been dubbed “Chrisley Knows Best” online for making fraudulent claims.
Justin Chrisley now faces charges of theft by deception and aggravated identity theft after the couple and bank called police to report that hundreds of thousands of dollars in bank deposits from the couple had been fraudulently taken.
Prosecutors said Justin Chrisley has made at least $12 million in the past two decades through fraud for two major business ventures and a construction company, based in Charlotte, N.C.