Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'Jersey Shore' star Mike Sorrentino ready to resolve his tax situation

'Jersey Shore' star Mike Sorrentino ready to resolve his tax situation

During the court hearing, the reality television star requested approval to travel to Florida while under probation for the filming of a "Jersey Shore" reunion show.

The Sorrentino brothers created businesses, such as MPS Entertainment LLC and Situation Nation Inc., "to take advantage of Michael's celebrity status", federal prosecutors said.

On Friday, Michael Sorrentino pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and admitted concealing his income in 2011 by making cash deposits in amounts that wouldn't trigger federal reporting requirements.

Prosecutors accused The Situation and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, in 2014 of evading taxes on income of almost $9 million, but the men's plea deals in New Jersey are largely silent on numbers.

The 36-year-old Jersey Shore star is facing the maximum sentence of five years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of tax evasion, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ) His brother faces three years in prison for pleading guilty to one count of aiding in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 25.

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As ABC News reported, the two brothers initially pleaded not guilty.

"All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes".

E Online quotes U.S. Attorney Carpenito saying today: "What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers". Mike Sorrentino was charged with two counts, as well as failure to file a tax return for 2011, when he allegedly earned almost $1.96 million.

Attorneys for The Situation said their client intends to make restitution before sentencing, noting that the formerly hard-partying reality TV star has now been sober for two years.

Additional charges were filed previous year when federal prosecutors announced a superseding indictment that accused Mike Sorrentino of tax evasion and structuring funds to evade currency transaction reports.

Sorrentino starred on MTV's breakout reality series Jersey Shore, which aired between 2009 and 2012. They were known for their drunken antics and the phrase they used to describe their lifestyle: "gym, tan, laundry".

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