'Jersey Shore' star Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino pleads guilty to tax evasion

20 January, 2018, 04:15 | Author: Gary Shelton
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After starring in six seasons of "Jersey Shore", Sorrentino went on to appear in several reality TV shows, including "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars", "The Sorrentinos" and "Celebrity Big Brother".

They were charged in 2014 and again previous year with multiple counts related to almost $9 million in income from the show, which ran from 2009 to 2012.

That sentencing will take place at a hearing on April 25 in Newark.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino arrived to federal court in Newark on Friday to plead guilty to cheating on his taxes.

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Both brothers were charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, which is punishable by a maximum potential prison sentence of five years upon conviction.

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

The U.S. attorney's office filed additional charges last April, including tax evasion, structuring bank deposits to avoid reporting requirements and falsifying records.

Prosecutors said Michael Sorrentino admitted that in 2011, he "took certain actions to hide some of his income to avoid paying the full amount of taxes he owed".

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According to the Dept of Justice, The Situation and his brother "have agreed to plead guilty", and will officially enter their pleas this Friday.

Authorities say the reality star along with his brother Marc Sorrentino, purposely under-reported income earned from a number of projects which included endorsement deals and revenue made from numerous appearances at local clubs and special events - where he was paid in cash. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to not paying about $200,000 in income taxes.

The Sorrentinos initially pleaded not guilty, but wrote a letter to the judge this week saying they wanted to change their pleas to guilty.

Reality star Mike Sorrentino has built a career on being in-your-face as the Jersey Shore's "The Situation".

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The situation with one former cast member of MTV's Jersey Shore: Guilty.

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