A former employee of Todd and Julie Chrisley who told the FBI he committed bank fraud on the couple’s behalf testified in court on Monday that he and Todd Chrisley had shared an “intimate” relationship.
Mark Braddock said he met the reality personality at a school function for their children in the early 2000s and became friends two years later when they lived in the same neighborhood.
Braddock said he altered documents to help Chrisley, who’s currently on trial on charges of bank and tax fraud, get loans. When prosecutors asked why he would commit fraud for Chrisley, Braddock replied, “I was complicit in giving him what he needed.”
“We had a personal relationship of an intimate nature,” he said. “I would do whatever he needed to get done.”
Braddock testified that after they had forged their relationship, he began working for Chrisley’s Executive Asset Management, a company that managed and sold foreclosed properties.
He said he helped grow the company from two employees to 60 and later worked for a similar company that Chrisley founded after Executive Asset Management was sold in 2005.
Braddock testified that Chrisley spent more than $3.5 million from the sale of the first company in a year by buying Bentleys, other luxury cars, designer clothes, and more.
Braddock said that a few years later, when the second half of the $8 million payment came through, Chrisley went through that money as well.
Braddock testified that he used Microsoft Word to create fake documents inflating the Chrisleys’ income and the amount of money in their account to make it look as if they had more wealth than they did to acquire loans on their behalf.
The Chrisleys fired Braddock in 2012. Todd Chrisley has since alleged that Braddock stole money from his family.
Braddock went to the FBI after he was fired and told officials that he’d committed financial crimes on the Chrisleys’ behalf.
Before the family became famous the government granted Braddock immunity in exchange for his cooperation in the case.
The immunity agreement did not prohibit other federal attorneys’ offices or state governments from prosecuting him on separate charges.
Prosecutors on Monday asked Braddock if he was aware that lying to the jury would result in being charged with perjury to which he replied, “There is not a doubt in my mind.”