Julie Chrisley says she had ‘never’ ‘intentionally’ attempted to do wrong as she reflected on her current legal predicament in a new interview conducted ahead of her sentencing.
Last week, Julie and her husband Todd Chrisley were sentenced to a combined nearly two decades in prison after being convicted of bank fraud and tax evasion nearly six months ago.
Devout Christian Julie, 49, appeared on her daughter Savannah Chrisley’s podcast Unlocked before the sentencing, where she described taking comfort in her faith as she grappled with her legal struggles.
‘How’s that right?’ Julie Chrisley questioned the fairness of her current predicament as she insisted she had ‘never’ ‘intentionally’ attempted to do anything wrong in a new interview with daughter Savannah conducted ahead of her sentencing (pictured with Savanna in 2018)
‘I think about the situation that we’re dealing with right now, and I’m thinking about I’ve never gone out here and hurt a soul,’ Julie said. ‘I have never gone out here and intentionally tried to do anything that I wasn’t supposed to do, and look where I’m standing right now.
‘How’s that right?’ she pondered.
Julie said she took comfort in her husband’s conviction that ‘God will break you down just so he can bless you.’ The belief kept her from constantly questioning her family’s struggles.
‘I know what I’ve done,’ she said. ‘More important, I know what I haven’t done.’
Todd and Julie Chrisley, who have been sentenced to 12 and seven year prison terms respectively for tax evasion and bank fraud that amounted to more than $30 million
The podcast was released Tuesday but recorded before Julie and her husband Todd were sentenced.
While Todd, 54, is going away for 12 years, Julie, 49, will be behind bars for seven years and both will spend 16 months on probation following their respective releases.
In an episode of the pair’s podcast, Chrisley Confessions, recorded before they were sentenced, Julie discussed her situation through the lens of her Christianity.
She said: ‘I know in my heart that I am a Christian, I believe in God, I believe that God can work miracles, I believe that He will take care of my family, that if I died today, I know where I’m going.
‘But I still have this fear.’
The reality TV pair were convicted in June and sentenced last week. They will report to prison after January 1
Court sketches of the couple, who say their faith in God will get them through the hardship of their current predicament
‘Everyone knows that we’re living through a nightmare…I have been focused on not living in fear.’
Fear, she told her fans, is a feeling she ‘struggles so hard with.’
The Chrisley Knows Best matriarch attempted to find the silver lining of her family’s current situation, which she says is her relationship with her husband.
‘I’m grateful that our relationship has grown instead of falling apart,’ she said.
‘When people go through traumatic events, a lot of times they don’t make it.
‘A lot of times the relationship falls apart because everything is stressful. There’s way added pressures, and people don’t make it,’ she said.
Following the pair’s sentencing last week, the couple said they plan to lean on their faith in God as they prepare an appeal. They have maintained their innocence throughout the court battle.
An Atlanta court found them guilty of cheating banks out of $30 million in loans and avoiding paying taxes for years.
‘Todd and Julie are people of faith gives them strength as they appeal their convictions,’ read a statement from the couple’s attorney, who added that the trial was ‘marred by serious and repeated errors, including the government lying to jurors about what taxes the couple paid.’
‘Based on these issues, we are optimistic about the road ahead,’ added the lawyer.
Following the sentencing, prosecutor Annalise Peters said, ‘The jury’s unanimous verdict sets the record straight: Todd and Julie Chrisley are career swindlers who have made a living by jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, stiffing vendors and evading taxes at every corner.’
Julie Chrisley, who says she was plagued by fear in the days leading up to her sentencing, broke cover as she emerged from her vast Brentwood, Tennessee home after she was sentenced to more than half-a-decade behind bars
The couple and their children have been cable reality show staples for close to 10 years, showing the world an opulent lifestyle that was, as it turns out, built on bank fraud
Todd and Julie Chrisley’s Tennessee home in the exclusive neighborhood of Annandale in Brentwood, TN. Much of the family reality series was filmed in the Annandale house over the years
Since 2014, the couple and their family have appeared on a number of reality television shows billing themselves as God-fearing Christians.
Prior to the show, however, they filed for bankruptcy in 2014, citing $50million in debts. Todd’s lawyer claimed at the time it was down to him personally guaranteeing a business loan, but records seen by DailyMail.com show how he claimed he had nothing in his bank account and just $100 in cash at the time.
He listed assets – mostly property – totaling $4.2million, but his debts were at $49.2million.
The judge granted him a reprieve and the result of the case wiped $20million in debt.
Two years later, however, he was on TV boasting about how he spent $300,000-a-year on clothes for his family.
It was the beginning of the family’s many shows, and likely the end of their free run.
In 2019, they were indicted on fraud and tax evasion charges.
The pair have insisted that they are victims of false allegations and a smear campaign by a ‘disgruntled’ employee.
Said employee also claims to have had a homosexual relationship with Todd Chrisley.
The pair are scheduled to report to prison after January 1.