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Reality TV star Todd Chrisley was indicted for tax evasion and other charges

Todd Chrisley, the star of the reality TV show "Chrisley Knows Best," was indicted on Tuesday for tax evasion and other charges by a federal grand jury in Atlanta.

The 12th indictment against Chrisley and his wife, Julie, also includes allegations of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to a copy obtained by NBC News.

The family accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also charged in Georgia's northern district.

"Chrisley Knows Best" chronicles Chrisley, a rich public service magnate in Georgia known as "Patriarch of Perfection," as he micromanages the lives of his five children and is wound up in comical misunderstandings.

The show is broadcast on USA Network, a unit of NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News. It has been running for seven seasons and recently debuted a spinoff called "Growing Up Chrisley", with two of the Chrisley kids.

The tight-knit family moved from the northern Atlanta suburbs to the Nashville area a few years ago. The criminal charges are linked to their time in the Georgia cities of Roswell and Alpharetta.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Chrisley, 50, insisted that he and his wife had done nothing wrong.

"[W] e has nothing to hide and has done nothing to be ashamed of," he wrote in the post along with a photo of his smiling family.

"Not only do we know that we have done something wrong, but we have lots of hard evidence and a bunch of corroborating witnesses to prove it," he said.

In the record, Chrisley claimed that the legal drama could be traced back to an unidentified former employee who was laid off in 201

2 after the family learned he had been "stealing from us in a big time."

He said the former employee then retaliated against the family by delivering "fake documents" to the US Attorney's Office and told federal prosecutors that "we had committed all kinds of financial crimes." [19659002] In 2017, the WSB-TV television station in the Atlanta area reported that Chrisley was being investigated in Georgia on charges of tax evasion.

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