Todd Chrisley flew to Los Angeles twice a month to get his hair done

  • Todd Chrisley traveled from Atlanta to Los Angeles twice a month to get his hair done, his former partner testified.
  • Chrisley is charged with a bank and tax fraud scheme by federal prosecutors in Atlanta. He and his wife deny the charges.
  • When the jury learned of her extravagant hair-care travels, their mouths opened.

When Todd Chrisley was drowning in debt, he still traveled twice a month from Atlanta to Los Angeles to get his hair cut and colored, his former business partner testified Monday.

Federal prosecutors charge Todd and Julie Chrisley, who star in the USA Network reality series ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ with tax evasion and organizing a conspiracy to defraud banks by making it appear they were wealthier than they were only to live an extravagant lifestyle that they could not afford.

When the banks caught on to them, Todd Chrisley filed for bankruptcy, forfeiting $20 million in debt, and the couple continued to hide money from the IRS, prosecutors say.

Mark Braddock, who told the FBI he committed bank fraud on behalf of Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley and himself, testified about the couple’s extravagant spending habits Monday in federal court in Atlanta.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Krepp asked Braddock why the Chrisleys were so strapped for cash.

Even during the big


recession

when Chrisley’s foreclosure management business was doing better than ever, the couple were “spending more than they were earning,” Braddock said.

They had three housekeepers working five days a week, bought luxury cars and had high American Express bills, he said.

Two jurors dropped their mouths open in disbelief when Braddock described Chrisley’s hair care routine, in which he would travel to California and stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel for his bi-monthly appointments.

Braddock told the federal jury he created forged documents that inflated the amount of money the Chrisleys had in the bank so they could continue to be approved for loans from community banks. The couple would use the new loans to pay off old loans, until it was cut, Braddock said. In all, they received at least $60 million in bank loans, 100% of it through fraud, Braddock said.

“He needed $500,000 to $600,000 a month just to stay level,” he said.

Eventually, however, the loan program began to crumble when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took over many of the community banks the Chrisleys were defrauding and could see the inconsistencies between the applications, Braddock said.

From then on, he and Todd Chrisley started calling Julie Chrisley “Ass On Fire”, “because she was running around town like her ass was on fire trying to get her bills paid”. , Braddock said.

The Chrisleys deny the charges and claim the “tax evasion” was the result of a shoddy accountant, who is also on trial in connection with the conspiracy.

They say the bank fraud was committed by Braddock, who was “obsessed” with Todd Chrisley and impersonated him.

On Monday, Braddock denied being obsessed and said the only times he impersonated Todd on the phone or signed his signature was at his direction.

They were in a “personal and intimate relationship” beginning in 2003, he said.

Todd Chrisley

Todd Chrisley has denied the bank fraud allegations.

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Krepp showed the jury emails between Todd Chrisley and Braddock as they discussed how best to “create” personal financial statements that met the standards of the lenders he was applying for loans from.

Braddock explained that he uses “scrapbooking” to piece together records using numbers and signatures from various documents. They also said they lost rental income on properties the three of them owned in Florida — although they didn’t lose any money, Braddock said.

In another instance, Braddock faked Chrisley having $4 million in a cashless account.

“You are a fucking genius (SIC),” Chrisley replied.

Todd and Julie Chrisley were aware of and involved in the fraud, he said.

The Chrisleys severed ties with Braddock in July 2012, when he came to work and Todd Chrisley started yelling at him that he was going to have him sued for fraud, Braddock said.

The Chrisleys have publicly accused Braddock of stealing money from them, which he denied on Monday.

Krepp asked Braddock why he regularly created the fake documents for the couple, even though he knew it was a fraud.

“He needed the money,” Braddock said. “He asked me to do it, and I did.”

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