'Jersey Shore' Star The Situation Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Case

Oscar Cross
January 20, 2018

Former reality TV Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino could face up to fifteen years in prison for tax fraud.

Michael Sorrentino's attorney declined to say which charges his client would plead guilty to.

The trial was scheduled to start in late April, but Klingeman said he had been "in regular contact" with the USA attorney's office in the last 10 days "in an effort to resolve the case".

Sorrentino, 35, will be sentenced on April 25.

Teresa Giudice served almost a year in prison and was freed in December 2015.

It is unclear as to which charge Sorrentino is pleading guilty.

The brothers had originally pleaded not guilty.

"What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers", U.S. Attorney Carpenito said in a statement.

Michael Sorrentino walked from the courthouse Friday smiling behind his sunglasses and holding hands with his girlfriend.

Brother Marc, prosecutors added, admitted to having "assisted his accountants in preparing his personal tax return" between 2010 and 2012, during which time he was "willfully providing them with false information". "And there were other people who were supposed to be managing the financial house and didn't", Klingeman said.

"During the hearing, the judge approved Sitch to travel to Florida to shoot a "Jersey Shore" reunion," TMZ reports. The court granted him approval for the trip.

The younger brother, whose nickname was "The Situation" because he often used that phrase in conversation, was one of the stars of the reality TV series, which ran on MTV from 2009 to 2012. They were known for their drunken antics and the phrase they used to describe their lifestyle: "gym, tan, laundry".

Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie criticized the show for promoting stereotypes, and previous year signed a bill capping the amount of state money universities can pay for speakers, after Rutgers University paid cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi $32,000 in 2011.

While his brother's deal relates to tax-year 2010, The Situation's plea covers taxable income he earned in 2011. That list includes not paying all federal income tax owed, and also "inflating business expenses for luxury cars and clothing, and also structuring multiple cash deposits into different bank accounts in order to avoid reporting deposits to the IRS".

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