It’s a sad day on the Jersey Shore now that Mike “The Situation” and his brother have been hit with more indictments, with the feds adding new allegations of further tax evasion, financial structuring and falsifying records to the original charges, which including allegations the two filed false tax returns.
These new indictments follow those slapped on the former “Jersey Shore” star and brother Marc Sorrentino back in 2014, when they were charged with not paying any taxes on US$8.9 million in income earned from “promotional activities.”
Including the new indictments, “The Situation” now finds himself in a real situation, one that could see him spent 15 years in a federal penitentiary.
“If convicted, the Sorrentino brothers face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison on the conspiracy count and three years in prison for each count of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns,” the U.S. Attorney’s office for the district of New Jersey announced this afternoon.
In addition: “Michael faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each structuring count and five years in prison for the tax evasion count. Marc faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction. They also face a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.”
The original indictment, brought by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, charged the siblings with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, as well as filing false tax returns. In addition, the former reality TV star faces an additional count of allegedly failing to file a tax return for 2011.
“According to the indictment, Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances,” said U.S. Fishman in a statement back in 2015. “The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funnelled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: telling the truth to the IRS is not optional.”
“Michael Sorrentino and his brother Marc created the illusion that they earned less income by filing false and fraudulent tax returns,” stated Jonathan D. Larsen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office. “No matter what your occupation or status in life, if you attempt to cheat on your taxes for personal financial gain, you face real consequences, including criminal prosecution and a possible prison sentence.”
The Sorrentino brothers will face a U.S. District Court judge on Apr. 17 in Newark, New Jersey, where they’ll be be arraigned on the new indictments.