Julie Chrisley's Sentence for Bank Fraud and Tax Evasion Thrown Out as Judges Order Resentencing

The 'Chrisley Knows Best' star was previously convicted of fraud and tax evasion in 2022 and was sentenced to seven years in prison

Danielle Del Valle/Getty for E3 Chophouse Nashville Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley in 2019
Danielle Del Valle/Getty for E3 Chophouse Nashville Julie Chrisley and Todd Chrisley in 2019

Chrisley Knows Best alum Julie Chrisley's seven-year prison sentence for tax evasion and bank fraud has been vacated after federal judges ruled that her case had insufficient evidence.

On Friday, June 21, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Julie her husband, Todd Chrisley — who received a sentence of 12 years in prison — and their accountant Peter Tarantino, but found that the original trial judge had miscalculated Julie's sentence in 2022.

According to the judges' ruling, which was obtained by PEOPLE, Julie was held responsible for the entire bank fraud scheme, which began in 2006, but the judges found insufficient evidence to prove that she was involved before 2007.

The panel ruled that neither prosecutors nor the trial judge cited "any specific evidence showing she was involved in 2006."

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<p>Tommy Garcia/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty</p> The Chrisley family in 'Chrisley Knows Best'

Tommy Garcia/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

The Chrisley family in 'Chrisley Knows Best'

"The problem is that we have not located the evidence the district court relied on in adopting that finding," the judges wrote in Friday's ruling.

"Our review of the record hasn’t revealed evidence to show, even by a preponderance of the evidence, that [Julie] was involved in 2006. Indeed, the government’s brief concedes that the evidence shows Julie 'participated in the bank fraud conspiracy from 2007,' not 2006," the judges added.

Julie's case will now be sent back to a lower court for resentencing, so a judge can revisit the "narrow issue" of how much Julie's sentence should differ from its original.

"We're pleased that the Court agreed that Julie's sentence was improper, but we’re obviously disappointed that it rejected Todd’s appeal," the Chrisleys' attorney Alex Little told PEOPLE in a statement.

"With this step behind us, we can now challenge the couple's convictions based on the illegal search that started the case," Little added. "The family appreciates the continued support they've received throughout this process. And they're hopeful for more good news in the future."

The pair's daughter Savannah Chrisley shared an update on the ruling on Friday, June 21, in an Instagram post, in which she spoke directly to the camera about the appeal.

"Didn't necessarily go as we hoped," Savannah, 26, said in the video. "But we do have a little win."

"What [the ruling] means is that the appeals court could not find any evidence that attributed this $17 million loss amount to my mother. And for that, I am grateful and I hope and pray that the judge can send her home," she continued.

Savannah added that Julie could be released from prison as early as 2026 and that she had "some other ideas up my sleeve" to revisit her father's case.

Kevin Mazur/ACMA2017/Getty Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley in 2017
Kevin Mazur/ACMA2017/Getty Todd Chrisley and Julie Chrisley in 2017

This ruling comes nearly a year after Savannah revealed in July 2023 that her family had hired a new legal team to appeal Todd and Julie's case.

Todd and Julie's attorney Jay Surgent spoke with PEOPLE that same month to give an update on the couple's appeal process, saying that new filings were being submitted.

"The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals can reverse the District Court, or they could remand the case back for hearings that should have been held that were not held during the course of this trial," Surgent explained at the time.

"We argued very vigorously that their constitutional rights have been violated, and that they basically were not given a fair hearing. It's all in black and white, actually," he added.

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The former USA Network stars were first indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2019 for 12 counts of bank and wire fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy, all of which they have denied.

Prosecutors accused the pair and their accountant of evading nearly $2 million in state taxes between 2008 and 2016, and of using their production company, 7 C Production, to hide more than $1 million dollar's worth of their reality TV income from the IRS. Prosecutors also alleged that Todd directed an employee to falsify income and asset documents.

The Chrisleys later turned themselves in and pleaded not guilty. In October 2019, the Georgia Department of Revenue cleared them of their state tax evasion charge. The department found that the reality stars had overpaid on their taxes for several years and had a net liability of under $77,000 in overdue taxes for one year of incorrect filing.

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In June 2022, the couple and their accountant were found guilty on all counts in a federal court in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time. Julie was also convicted of wire fraud.

The Chrisleys began their prison sentences in January 2023, and Todd is set to be released in September 2032 from the Federal Prison Camp Pensacola. Their original sentences were also reduced in September 2023.

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