An Atlanta federal prosecutor said Todd Chrisley’s 77-year-old mother, Elizabeth “Faye” Chrisley, committed perjury by lying on the stand at the trial of her son and daughter-in-law — at their direction.
Assistant US Attorney Annalize Peters said in Monday’s sentencing of the reality TV couple for their years-long scheme in which they defrauded banks and the IRS to live an extravagant lifestyle.
In June, Todd and Julie Chrisley, best known for the USA Network reality show Chrisley Knows Best, were indicted by a federal jury in Atlanta on a slew of conspiracy and fraud charges.
At trial, prosecutors said that when the couple realized their fraud scheme was falling apart, they tried to put their “7C’s Productions” bank account – where they were paid for their show – in Todd Chrisley’s mother’s name.
Fay Chrisley, known as Nanny Fay on the show, told prosecutors that she did not know why she was listed as the owner of the account and that she did not read the documents before signing them.
“Honey, I wasn’t involved in anything other than being signed,” Faye Chrisley told Peters in June. “I’ve never had it. I don’t want it.”
She also said after she and Julie Chrisley went to the bank to put Fay’s name on the account, they came back the next day and changed it again, Peters recalled at the sentencing.
A bank employee testified at trial that the bank would not have accepted such an amended document and that Julie Chrisley did not return to the bank the next day.
Peters also accused another witness, Donna Cash, of perjuring herself at the trial.
Cash, a former employee of the couple, testified that she sent fraudulent financial documents to the lending companies and lied about the company’s health at the direction of her boss, Mark Braddock – who eventually turned Chrisley in.
She said she stopped fabricating the documents when the Chrisley family home was on the brink of foreclosure.
Cash testified at the trial tearfully: “I’ve done some bad things but that was one thing I wouldn’t do.”
Peters said that Cash was lying to protect Todd Chrisley, the real ringleader of the scam, while Chrisley’s defense attorneys responded that there was no evidence their clients had told witnesses what they were going to say.
On Monday, Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. Julie Chrisley was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Both will serve three years of supervised release after the specified time.
“Todd and Julie Chrisley represent a crime wave in full swing,” Peters told the court on Monday, adding that they “lie and cheat” at every opportunity.