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

Danny Woods
January 20, 2018

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.

The brothers were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in 2014 and were indicted on claims they did not properly pay taxes on $8.9 million earned by the reality TV star for promotional activities.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is now facing jail time due to tax charges.

"Mike was out doing his job - which is entertaining people, making personal appearances, filming the show - and there were other people who were supposed to be managing the financial house and didn't", Klingeman said.

In this publicity image released by MTV, the cast of "Jersey Shore", from left, Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Pivarnick, Paul " DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Ronnie Magro, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola are shown.

"The Situation" was a co-star on the "Jersey Shore", which ran from 2009 to 2012. The brothers did not pay all federal income tax owed on this revenue, authorities said. The bothers were alleged to have failed to report potentially millions of dollars of receipts, knowingly failing to file tax returns, and filing false tax returns and strategically depositing the cash to avoid oversight.

Mike Sorrentino's attorneys urged the court to consider a fair sentence for his "minor role in the offense".

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The trial was scheduled to start in late April, but Klingeman said he had been "in regular contact" with the USA attorney's office in the last 10 days "in an effort to resolve the case".

Then in April 2017 the brothers were also accused of tax evasion, structuring and falsifying records.

The charges against the Sorrentinos stem from the concealment of cash receipts from businesses the brothers set up to monetize The Situation's fame.

She said after Sorrentino was audited by the IRS, all the castmates received audits from the agency.

Sorrentino told Polizzi he's been sober for 18 months.

With today's guilty plea, Sorrentino "has come to terms with mistakes he made at a very different and tumultuous time in his life", said Henry Klingeman and Kristen Santillo with the firm Krovatin Klingeman.

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