Todd Chrisley’s employee testified about her role in ruining his life
- A former employee of Todd Chrisley has testified that she participated in the destruction of her family.
- Her boss, who turned Chrisley into the FBI, ordered her to commit fraud on her behalf, she said.
- Boss Mark Braddock “hated the Chrisleys” and was jealous of Todd’s success, she said.
A woman who worked at Todd Chrisley’s asset management company has testified that the former business partner who turned the reality TV family into the FBI ordered her to commit financial fraud with him to sabotage the life of Todd.
Donna Cash said she sent fake financial documents to loan companies and lied about the health of the business under her boss, but eventually quit when the family home of Chrisley was about to be seized.
“I did bad things but it was something I wasn’t going to do,” Cash testified in tears on Tuesday.
Cash added that when she realized that Todd Chrisley was going to bring his children back from vacation to a foreclosed house, with all their stuff on the street, she called him and told him he had to come home. home immediately.
She then told Todd Chrisley that “Mark and I mention to him about everything that’s going on,” Cash said.
Chrisley then launched an investigation, during which Cash remained an employee and would keep him updated on what Braddock was doing, she said.
Federal prosecutors have charged Todd and his wife, Julie Chrisley, who stars in USA Network’s reality series “Chrisley Knows Best,” with tax evasion and organizing a conspiracy to defraud banks by making it appear that were richer than they were.
Prosecutors say when the banks nabbed them, the Chrisleys filed for bankruptcy, forfeiting a $20 million debt. The couple then hid money from the taxman, prosecutors say.
The Chrisleys have denied the charges and say Braddock – a former business partner obsessed with Todd – blew his finances by impersonating him.
Braddock admitted to committing bank and tax fraud, but testified that he did so at the direction of Todd Chrisley and complied because he had lingering feelings for him after their affair. a year.
He was granted immunity for his crimes for testifying.
Destroy the Chrisley family
Cash told the jury that she was first hired in 2008 to be Todd Chrisley’s assistant at Chrisley Asset Management, but after a while Braddock told her that Chrisley no longer wanted her, that she ‘couldn’t keep up’ and was ‘useless’ – what she later learned was not true.
Braddock then told her she could work for him instead, and her office was moved outside his office, she said.
Braddock then proceeded to have her sign documents as Todd Chrisley and tell Chrisley that her 2009 taxes were paid when they weren’t, she said. She also testified that she saw Braddock sending emails between her account and Todd Chrisley’s, and deleting all “crucial” emails related to company finances.
He also had access to listen to voicemail messages left on Todd Chrisley’s home and personal cell, and he was deleting all messages from banks, she said.
Cash told the jury that the first time she signed Todd Chrisley’s name on a document under Braddock’s direction, she thought it was normal business and not fraud.
After a while, however, she “absolutely” knew what she was doing was wrong and without Chrisley’s permission, but was afraid of losing her job if she didn’t listen.
Cash said Braddock told her to “never, ever tell Todd what you’re doing in that office,” and if she did, she’d be fired and go to jail.
Eventually, however, she knew “the right thing had to be done” and told Todd Chrisley. She had already lost 20 pounds due to work stress, she said.
“I was helping to destroy the Chrisley family,” she said. “I did what I did and if I was punished, so be it.”
Todd Chisley was angry with her and told her never to sign her name again without her permission. She stayed on during an investigation, then returned years later when the company went into receivership to help find the missing documents, she said.
“It was the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Cash said of the fraud.
Braddock “hated the Chrisleys,” she added. “Jealous. So jealous. He wanted his name on the door.”
The fraud continued
Prosecutors pointed out during cross-examination that Cash continued to work and be paid by the Chrisleys for years after discovering the fraud. They also pointed to two fake invoices that were sent to production company “Chrisley Knows Best” for reimbursement for broken furniture, sent years after Braddock and the Chrisleys had been out of touch.
When asked about these invoices during cross-examination, which came from Julie Chrisley’s email, Cash said she created the invoices.
The furniture was really broken during the production of the show, and the refund price was legitimate, but she put the quotes on fake invoices without the shops’ agreement, she admitted on Tuesday.
The production company was about to close its books for the season and needed to make sure the Chrisleys didn’t lose money, she said.
“There was no financial gain,” she said.
Prosecutors also released audio recordings of his previous interviews with investigators about his role in the fraud, which were inconsistent with his Tuesday testimony.