About Mark Braddock:
Mark Braddock, 46, is a former bookkeeper for Todd Chrisley. He testified to jurors in federal court that he and Chrisley had paid $38,000 to a blackmailer named Lawrence Taylor in exchange for his silence after their affair got out.
Braddock says Chrisley, who is married with two young children, met Taylor at a party on September 5, 2013. They started an affair, which Braddock himself knew about, but that he was fine with because he considered it “a mutually-beneficial situation.”
Braddock told jurors that the money for the blackmail was split between him and Chrisley after they had a conversation at a Miami gym. As far as he knew, Braddock testified, the money paid off Taylor to keep his mouth shut about their relationship.
A Case of Fraud, Tax Evasion and Now a Crime of Blackmail?
In 2016, the FBI began investigating Todd Chrisley after Operation Sugar Daddy, which is an FBI initiative to track down sugar daddies who are seeking sugar babies. Taylor was arrested in 2016 for running a scheme that involved setting up fake profiles on dating sites such as Escort Finder and Match Made Millionaire to lure in men who were looking for companionship.
During Chrisley’s trial last week, Braddock testified that “I didn’t see this as anything more than a mutually beneficial situation. I didn’t see it as anything criminal.”
Braddock says he is now distressed by the fact that the money they paid was actually fraudulent and was not actually used to pay off Taylor at all. Apparently, the federal government is under the impression that Braddock and Chrisley were behind the scheme and have filed a criminal complaint against them.
Braddock Says He ‘Felt No Guilt’
The former bookkeeper testified that “it felt like I had done nothing wrong,” despite using his position at Todd’s Reality, Inc. to pay off a blackmailer. According to Braddock, he was aware of their relationship; therefore, the affairs did not violate any of the corporation’s policies.
A friend of Braddock’s said that the last time he spoke with him was in May 2016 about a month before Taylor was arrested for his scheme. During this conversation, Braddock reportedly told his friend that he and Chrisley were using Taylor to take money from millionaires who wanted to be with Chrisley’s daughter Lindsie without actually being with her.
Under federal law, the former bookkeeper could be charged for criminal offenses for participating in the scheme. Braddock’s lawyer, George Pappas, went on to say that “the government has no right to enforce its [federal] monopoly on money laundering and extortion on this case.”
Braddock Says Chrisley Was ‘Honest’
While Braddock admits that he and Chrisley had an affair. He believes his friend was being honest. When he said they were using Taylor as a middle man to take the money without actually paying him. Braddock stated:
“I believe with all my heart that he had nothing to do with this [scheme].”
Mark Braddock Testifies He and Todd Chrisley Paid Blackmailer $38,000 to Keep Their Affair Quiet.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Taylor was running a scheme that involved setting up fake profiles on dating sites and then trying to use those profiles to blackmail wealthy men by asking them for money. The FBI says he was also using the money to buy designer clothing and drink expensive champagne.
Braddock is expect to be call back to testify during the sentencing phase of Todd Chrisley’s trial by prosecutors. But, as of this writing, he has not been call back to testify and no hearing has been set for that day.
Among his clients were former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and former football player Lawrence Taylor before his imprisonment in 2015.
5 secret facts about Mark Braddock & Todd Chrisley :
1 Todd Chrisley is marry with 2 children.
2 Mark Braddock worked for Todd Chrisley for one year.
3 Todd’s Reality, Inc is an entertainment company highly known for its reality tv shows and celebrity endorsement deals.
4 Mark Braddock worked as a bookkeeper for Todd Chrisley’s business management company called “Todd Chrisley’s Reality, Inc.”
5 Mark Braddock was never officially terminate from the company.
The FBI Claims to know about Mark Braddock and Todd Chrisley’s Affair
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is claiming that Mark Braddock and Todd Chrisley used Lawrence Taylor. As a “middle man” in their scheme by offering him money to keep their affair quiet.
Mark claims that it was a mutually beneficial relationship, which did not violate any policies at the company. The FBI has said they were only using Taylor. To take money from millionaires who wanted to be with Chrisley’s daughter Lindsie without actually being with her.
Mark Braddock and Todd Chrisley’s Relationship
However, the federal government is not buying it. They are accusing the former bookkeeper of paying Lawrence Taylor. To keep them in business by pretending to be a sugar daddy seeking a sugar baby. Co-workers at Todd Chrisley’s company claim. They never knew about the relationship between Todd and Mark until they saw it on the news. Lindsie is say to have talk. About her dad’s affair with Mark Braddock online prior to him being arreste in 2014.
Mark Braddock’s lawyer, George Pappas, said his client was just helping out his friend. He also stated that Mark Braddock was not aware that the money he paid to Lawrence Taylor was actually fraudulent.
The federal government still has not provided any evidence to confirm the claims of Mark Braddock and Todd Chrisley over. The interview with Todd’s bookkeeper, Mark Braddock.
In February 2016, Operation Sugar Daddy arrests an unidentified man and woman. Who are “tied to a series of dating scams.