The Jersey Shore star and his brother/manager Marc were charged in 2014 and again previous year with multiple counts related to almost $9 million in income from the show.
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. His sentencing was scheduled for late April.
Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, one of the stars of the "Jersey Shore" reality TV series that depicted 20-somethings partying and brawling by the seaside, pleaded guilty Friday to cheating on his taxes. Sorrentino was expected to face 15 years in prison if convicted.
"All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes", U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a statement. According to prosecutors, he made cash deposits into bank accounts in amounts less than $10,000 in attempts to ensure that the deposits would not come to the IRS' attention.
The court approved Mike Sorrentino's request to travel to Florida for the Jersey Shore Family Vacation reunion show while under probation. News. The two pleaded guilty at a New Jersey court on Friday.
Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino arrives to court with girlfriend to plead guilty to tax evasion... as his Jersey Shore castmates film reunion
And then, only a year ago they were indicted again on charges of tax evasion and falsifying records.
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.
Sorrentino's brother Marc had been charged as well. In that case, prosecutors alleged that the Sorrentinos avoided paying taxes on as much as $8.9 million in income.
The pair initially pleaded not guilty to all charges but it looks like they may have had a change of heart. Last year, he signed a bill capping the amount of state money universities can pay for speakers, because Rutgers University paid "Jersey Shore" cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi $32,000 in 2011.
Reality star Mike Sorrentino has built a career on being in-your-face as the Jersey Shore's "The Situation".
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