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On Tuesday, Todd and Julie Chrisley of The Chrisley Knows Best reported to prison to begin their sentences for tax evasion. They join a growing list of reality stars who have served time in prison due to fraud or tax evasion charges.
Savannah Chrisley expressed her disbelief at Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah's six-and-a-half year prison sentence during an episode of her podcast Unlocked. She believes Shah should receive no less time in prison than her parents did for crimes such as fraudulence or sexual harassment.
Abby Lee Miller was a dance instructor who achieved fame on Lifetime's Dance Moms, where her no-nonsense teaching style and students she mentored earned her widespread recognition across North America. This success led to several spinoffs of her show which have since gone on-air as independent films.
Her fortunes took a dramatic turn when she was arrested for bankruptcy fraud. According to reports, she hid $775,000 from her bankruptcy proceedings and brought $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the United States without reporting it to authorities.
She was found guilty of these charges and sentenced to eight months in prison with two years supervised release.
In the meantime, she continued teaching dance. Her reputation didn't diminish too quickly though as many of her former students made names for themselves in the industry, such as Maddie Ziegler and JoJo Siwa.
Abby Lee Miller's life after prison remains mysterious, but she was recently diagnosed with spinal cancer. Since then, she has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy and undergone spinal surgery - but is cancer free!
Abby Lee Miller was initially imprisoned at Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California. Later, however, she was transferred to a halfway house in Long Beach, California.
She was released from prison in May 2018 and has since been teaching dance again, with plans to return to her beloved reality show Dance Moms.
Savannah Chrisley has been a strong support for her mother during this turbulent time, and now she's sharing her feelings on a podcast called Chrisley Knows. Through Chrisley Knows, Savannah shares how she's dealing with their arrest, trial and imprisonment.
Reality television has brought people together, but sometimes its stars get a bit too wild. Some even end up in relationships with one another. Us Weekly has compiled a list of reality stars who served time for their misdeeds.
Phaedra Parks' ex-husband Apollo Nida, is currently on probation after being sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in an extensive money fraud scheme. They divorced in 2017, and recently saw each other with Sherien Almufti, his new fiancee.
Despite his troubled past, the 31-year-old reality star remains a popular fan favorite with millions of followers on social media. Additionally, he works as a fitness coach and co-founder of Phine Body - an organization that assists women in recovery from addiction.
He's the father of two sons with Parks: Ayden and Dylan. Their relationship had been on the rocks, but they got back together after Nida served five years in prison.
After serving his sentence, Nida's life has taken an entirely new turn. He's now living in a halfway house and has found the love of his life.
On October 14th of last year, TMZ reported the couple was married. They shared their joy on social media platforms and now appear to be ready to take their relationship to the next level.
Reality stars may appear too good to be true, but often they're ordinary people just wanting fame. Their stories on the show are relatable and demonstrate that there's more to life than chasing after a boyfriend or making millions off a TV series.
Reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were found guilty on a range of charges, including bank and tax fraud, and sentenced to spend 19 years in prison. Now their daughter Savannah is speaking out about her time spent behind bars with her parents.
Though more footage of their time in jail would have been helpful, it's encouraging to know they were able to come together as a family and celebrate each other's victories. Furthermore, it appears they've managed to spend quality time with their daughters while adjusting to prison life.
Jerry Harris, the former star of Netflix's "Cheer," was found guilty earlier this year of receiving child pornography and engaging in sexual acts with a minor. At his sentencing hearing, Harris' twin sons Charlie and Chase gave statements detailing the lasting impacts of their abuse on them.
Now, they have been transferred to Federal Medical Center Lexington in Kentucky - a minimum-security federal prison. There, they live with other inmates and report back daily for work at their respective jails.
Julie and Todd are still getting used to life in prison. Though it can be hard to accept that they'll spend the remainder of their lives behind bars, the couple is finding comfort in being close to one another and their families while serving time.
I hope they're able to find some activities outside the prison walls that will help them through this trying time. If not, my heart goes out to them! But it's still heartbreaking watching them endure all this pain and suffering.
Josh Duggar is a reality star best known for his role on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting. He also made waves in conservative politics as executive director of FRC Action, an advocacy and lobbying organization supported by the Family Research Council. Josh frequently attended right-wing events such as the Conservative Political Action Conference and campaign stops with presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.
In 2021, Duggar was found guilty of receiving child pornography and sentenced to 151 months in prison. Prosecutors claimed he kept pornography of children as young as 7 on his work computer that had been partitioned off so others couldn't access it.
He pleaded guilty in the case, prompting renewed scrutiny of his spotless image as a member of the popular Duggar family. His parents Jim Bob and Michelle have encouraged him to seek assistance.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2019, Duggar was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison after being found guilty of receiving and sharing pornography of children as young as 7. The judge ordered that he serve at least 12 years behind bars.
Once his sentence is served, TMZ reports that he will be prohibited from having unsupervised contact with any of his seven children and must adhere to strict probation regulations.
In addition to his prison sentence, he has been ordered to pay a fine of $250,000. Furthermore, the court ordered him to complete a program designed to teach him how to better protect himself against pornography risks and cannot access the internet without approval from a probation officer. Furthermore, while in prison he is prohibited from having any sexual contact with minors.
From "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" Jen Shah's involvement in a telemarketing scam to Mike Sorrentino from "Jersey Shore", reality stars have become real people with real problems. From Abby Lee Miller and Apollo Nida to Jerry Harris and Josh Duggar, more than a few have served time behind bars.
Todd and Julie Chrisley enjoyed a decade-long ascension to celebrity status through their hit TV show. However, in 2011 a jury found them guilty of bank fraud and tax evasion, leading to a combined sentence of 19 years in prison.
They were found guilty of defrauding banks out of $30 million to fund their extravagant lifestyles, which included spending $30,000 a month on meals for their two children, Chase and Savannah. Furthermore, the couple indulged in luxury cars, designer clothing and real estate while using fraudulent loans to pay back the debt owed them, according to the US Attorney's Office.
Mark Braddock, their former lover, testified before the jury that he assisted them in their crimes. He claimed he had been "emotionally involved" with the family for a year prior to trial.
Business Insider was informed that he was willing to help them avoid jail and even negotiated a plea deal for them, according to an inside source.
On January 17th, both were imprisoned after a court found they took more than $36 million in fraudulent bank loans to finance their extravagant lifestyles. Now they are both serving their sentences at separate Florida facilities.
Todd Chrisley recently spoke with ET on his 12-year sentence at Federal Prison Camp Pensacola, Florida - a minimum security prison facility housing 339 inmates. According to an official representative for the Bureau of Prisons, Todd visited his daughter Lindsie Chrisley and Nanny Faye who is also serving her time there.