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Todd and Julie Chrisley are in custody after indictment on tax evasion and fraud, official says

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 02: TV personalities Todd Chrisley (L) and Julie Chrisley attend the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at Toshiba Plaza on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)

Reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley are in custody in Georgia, one day after they were┬áindicted on tax evasion and fraud charges, according to the Northern District of Georgia attorney’s office.The couple surrendered to authorities early Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the attorney’s office told CNN. They’re expected to appear before a federal judge later in the day, spokesman Bob Page said.

The Chrisleys are the stars of “Chrisley Knows Best,” a USA Network reality series, which follows their family’s over-the-top lifestyle and activities.

The 12-count indictment, obtained by CNN, also alleges the Chrisleys committed bank fraud and wire fraud conspiracy, among other offenses.Before the indictment was issued on Tuesday,

Todd Chrisley denied the claims in a post on Instagram, implying the charges are based on evidence presented to investigators by a disgruntled former employee.

He alleged this employee, whom he did not name, was stealing from the family, created false documents, forged their signatures and bugged their home. Chrisley said it’s the employee’s second attempt to get the family charged and called it an act of retaliation.

“I’m telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of,” he wrote on Instagram. “Not only do we know we’ve done nothing wrong, but we’ve got a ton of hard evidence and a bunch of corroborating witnesses that proves it.””Chrisley Knows Best” has aired on the USA Network since 2014 for a total of seven seasons.

CNN’s Tina Burnside, Chuck Johnston and Jaquetta White contributed to this report

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