ATLANTA (AP) — Reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced Monday to lengthy prison terms after being convicted earlier this year on charges including bank fraud and tax evasion.

U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross in Atlanta sentenced Todd Chrisley to 12 years in prison plus 16 months of probation, while Julie Chrisley received seven years behind bars and 16 months of probation, news outlets reported.

The Chrisleys rose to fame with their show, Chrisley Knows Best, about their tight-knit, boisterous family. Federal prosecutors said the couple is engaged in an elaborate bank fraud scheme and then hid their wealth from the tax authorities while flaunting their lavish lifestyles.

“The Chrisleys built an empire based on the lie that their wealth came from dedication and hard work,” prosecutors wrote. “The unanimous jury verdict says it straight: Todd and Julie Chrisley are career fraudsters who make their living by jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, pressuring vendors and evading taxes at every turn.”

Todd Chrisley’s lawyers argued in court that he would not face more than nine years in prison. Julie Chrisley’s attorneys said a reasonable sentence for her would be probation with special conditions and no jail time.

There were birds convicted in June on charges of bank fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the IRS. Julie Chrisley was also found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors said the couple submitted false documents to banks and managed to obtain more than $30 million in fraudulent loans. After that scheme collapsed, they abandoned their responsibility to repay the loans when Todd Chrisley filed for bankruptcy. During the bankruptcy, they launched their reality TV show and “flaunted their wealth and lifestyle to the American public,” prosecutors wrote, then hid the millions they made from the show from the IRS.

The Chrisleys also presented a false document to a grand jury investigating their crimes and then persuaded friends and family members to lie under oath during the trial, prosecutors alleged. Neither showed remorse and instead blamed others for their criminal behavior, prosecutors wrote.

“The Chrisleys are unique given the varied and broad scope of their fraud and the degree to which they engaged in fraudulent and obstructive behavior over a long period of time,” prosecutors said.

Todd Chrisley’s lawyers said in a statement that the government never presented any evidence that it intended to defraud the banks and that the amount of the loss was miscalculated. They also noted that the offenses were committed a long time ago and said he had no serious criminal history and had medical conditions that would “make a custodial sentence disproportionately harsh”.

His lawyers also submitted letters from friends and business associates showing “a history of good deeds and a desire to help others.” They argued that people who rely on Chrisley, including his mother and many people employed by his TV show, will suffer while he is in prison.

They urged the judge to sentence him to a prison sentence below the recommended range, followed by supervised release and restitution.

Julie Chrisley’s attorneys argued that she played a minimal role in the conspiracy and was not involved in obtaining the loans discussed in the sentencing documents. She has no prior criminal record, is an asset to her community and has “extraordinary family obligations,” her attorneys wrote when they asked for probation, restitution and community service.

Chrisley has three children, including one who is 16, and has full custody of son Todd Chrisley’s 10-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. Julie Chrisley is the primary caregiver for her ailing mother-in-law, according to the filing.

Her attorneys also submitted letters from character witnesses describing her as “hardworking, selfless, devoted to her family and friends, well respected by all who knew her, and of strong character.”

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