In a court case that has been ongoing since 2014, the star of the reality television show, The Jersey Shore, Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino pled guilty in federal court to charges of tax fraud. His brother, Marc Sorrentino pled guilty to charges of aiding the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return.
Mike Sorrentino admitted in court that he concealed a portion of his income for the year 2011 in an effort to avoid paying taxes. He made cash deposits under $10,000 to avoid the bank reporting requirements, while his income for the year was approximately $2 million.
Marc Sorrentino said that he provided false information to his accountant and assisted them in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns for the tax years 2010-2012.
Mike’s attorney said in a statement that “Michael deeply regrets his failure to pay taxes and has spent the past several years turning his life into something positive. He has been sober for two years.”
Sentencing is scheduled for April, 2018 where Mike faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison and Marc faces three years in prison. Both brothers will also have a period of supervised release, restitution payment and additional monetary penalties.