A former star of the hit MTV reality series “Jersey Shore” has been formally charged with tax evasion. TMZ.com reports that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was indicted Wednesday along with his brother, Marc Sorrentino, by the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is claiming that Mike Sorrentino, 32, didn’t pay all of his taxes on almost $9 million in earnings.
“In fact, prosecutors claim he intentionally filed fraudulent returns in order to make it appear he was square with the IRS,” TMZ notes.
NJ.com reports that the brothers pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday. The Sorrentino brothers are accused of conspiring to defraud the government and filing false returns for the years 2010 through 2012, the report notes.
“During a brief appearance in U.S. District Court, [Mike] Sorrentino’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf before he was released on a $250,000 bond,” NJ.com reports. “Sorrentino, who arrived in court in a white BMW, left in a gray Kia driven by his attorney, Richard Sapinski.”
Sorrentino is quoted in the report saying: “The situation will sort itself out.”
NJ.com reports that Mike Sorrentino faces up to 11 years in prison, along with fines of $600,000, while his brother faces up to 14 years. The brothers were charged in a seven-count indictment.
Said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman: “Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances. The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: telling the truth to the IRS is not optional.”
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino