The legal mess just got worse for a reality star who was already in legal hot water. People magazine reports that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino were hit today with new charges including tax evasion, structuring and falsifying records.
The charges were announced by Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick for the District of New Jersey and Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.
Mike Sorrentino, 34, starred on the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore.” The two brothers “were initially indicted in September 2014 for tax offenses and conspiring to defraud the United States after allegedly failing to properly pay taxes on $8.9 million in income,” People reports.
The report quotes a statement saying: “The superseding indictment returned today includes new charges against both men. Michael is now also charged with tax evasion and structuring funds to evade currency transaction reports and Marc is now also charged with falsifying records to obstruct a grand jury investigation.”
People notes that an arraignment is scheduled for April 17 in Newark federal court on the superseding indictment. Mike Sorrentino could get as much as 15 years in prison if he’s found guilty, according to media reports.
Sorrentino’s lawyer, Henry E. Klingeman, provided a statement to the publication saying: “Michael Sorrentino will enter a not guilty plea on April 17, 2017, and will vigorously contest the allegations in court.”