Todd and Julie Chrisley will be celebrating Thanksgiving stateside. The Chrisley Knows Best stars were denied a request to vacation to the Caribbean for Thanksgiving on November 6. Todd, 50, and Julie, 46, are currently facing 12 charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion. As their activities are closely monitored by the courts, they were denied a six-day vacation out of the country.
According to RadarOnline.com, an oral order filed in the District Court of Georgia, Judge Janet King denied their Unopposed Motion To Temporarily Amend Travel Conditions Of Release.
“A standard condition of pretrial release is that a defendant surrender to the U.S. Probation Office his or her passport and any other travel documents with the understanding that, while federal felony charges are pending, travel outside of the U.S. is prohibited, especially in the absence of extraordinary circumstances,” the court order read. “The condition is set to ensure that a defendant remains within the authority of the court to secure his or her appearance throughout the pendency of the charges. Travel outside the U.S. places a defendant beyond that authority.”
The judge continued, “The request to travel outside of the U.S. presented by Defendants simply does not present extraordinary circumstances.”
Todd and Julie requested to travel from Nashville to Grand Cayman Islands from November 23 to November 29. The couple wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving with their children and grandchild. They said that they would fly commercially, and planned to stay at a resort condominium. Todd and Julie also asked to temporarily obtain their passports, and give them back early December upon their return.
The Government and U.S. Pretrial Services Officer had no issue with the reality stars’ request, however the judge ultimately denied them.
Todd and Julie were charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion on 13. They allegedly failed to file federal tax returns or pay income taxes for the 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 tax years.
Although the couple settled their $2M state tax evasion case in October, they still face federal charges. The Chrisleys have maintained their innocence throughout the ordeal.