CHRISLEY Knows Best star Todd Chrisley’s son Kyle, 29, secretly helped build authorities’ case against his dad and stepmom, Julie, before they were charged with tax fraud.
The Sun can exclusively reveal Todd has “forgiven” his son for aiding in the investigation, as the Chrisley Knows Best stars were charged with 12 counts including conspiracy to commit bank fraud, tax evasion, aiding the filing of false tax returns and more in August 2019.
In court documents obtained by The Sun, which were first reported by Without a Crystal Ball, Todd, 52, and Julie, 48, filed post-hearing brief papers in support of suppressing evidence seized based on two search warrants.
Todd and Julie, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, are trying to prevent the evidence from being shown at trial.
The court filing claimed the Georgia Department of Revenue “conducted two warrantless, unconstitutional searches and seizures of warehouses rented by Defendants Todd and Julie Chrisley in 2017.”
On February 19, 2017, Katie Colvin Vancil, Joshua Waites and Merrill Jacobson from the Georgia Department of Revenue “had a Skype call with Kyle Chrisley and his then-wife, Alexus Chrisley, during which Waites fed questions to Vancil dealing in part with alleged illegal offshore accounts controlled by the Chrisleys.”
The court papers claimed “there is no evidence the Chrisleys maintained any ‘offshore accounts.’”
In the United States’ response, they admitted the Georgia Department of Revenue “failed to take the additional necessary step of obtaining a judge-issued seizure warrant in advance.”
But ten months later, a Georgia judge “authorized two search warrants” where they seized 21 boxes of paperwork from the Department of Revenue.
Included was “at least three physically cut- and-pasted, doctored-up financial documents that the Chrisley defendants sent in furtherance of the wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud scheme allege in Counts Seven and Eight of the Indictment.”
The court papers continued that in early 2017 “one of Todd Chrisley’s estranged children, Kyle Chrisley, had reached out to the DOR and wanted to assist the DOR with its collection efforts against the Chrisleys.”
Kyle and then-wife Alexus had “multiple calls” with employees and revealed “the Chrisleys had moved to Tennessee but still had personal property stored in Georgia somewhere.”
Kyle also reported that he believed “his parents may have an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands where they were hiding a significant amount of money,” according to the documents.
In March 2017, Alexus called authorities to claim the “Chrisleys had a warehouse in Georgia filled with seven houses worth of furniture that they were planning to auction off to get an IRS lien removed from one of their properties.”
The United States is requesting their motion to suppress evidence be denied.
A source close to Kyle, 29, exclusively told The Sun: “The family has forgiven Kyle for anything he’s done regarding the whole situation.”
Kyle, who has been open about his battle with drugs, was “using during that time,” as the insider believed he was “easily manipulated.”
As for Todd and Julie, who have denied the claims against them, the source continued: “They’ve done nothing wrong so to my knowledge I believe they think the truth will prevail.”
Kyle, who is dad to daughter Chloe, 8, reconciled with his family in 2019 following his past struggle with drug abuse.
Kyle wrote on social media at the time: “My mom [Julie Chrisley] and dad raised me. I haven’t been the best dad to Chloe. I’ve had a problem with drugs, I’ve acted completely ridiculous and through all that they have stood by my side.
“Nine months ago I went to my dad with an apology. His words were ‘I love you always, and you are forgiven’ and just like that I was welcomed back into his life with open arms. I will be forever grateful for his love [and] graciousness.”
Kyle’s daughter Chloe has been in Todd and Julie’s custody.
Kyle married fiancee Ashleigh Nelson in April 2021.
It was initially believed Todd’s daughter Lindsie, who he is currently estranged from, was the “whistleblower.”
She claimed Todd accused the married mother of one of having an affair with a Georgia Department of Revenue official.
But Lindsie, who is Todd’s daughter from his first marriage to Teresa Terry, denied the claims.
Lindsie is co-host of Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry’s podcast Coffee Convos.
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