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Last week, we learned that Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino’s tax fraud case has turned into quite the situation.
(Sorry, but one of the many downsides of giving yourself a dumb nickname in your twenties is that people will throw it in your face for the remainder of your days.)
We’ve known for several months that The Situation might be facing jail time in connection with trying to hide approximately $ 9 million in earnings from the IRS.
But now, things are really coming to a head, as Sorrentino has pled guilty to charges that could land him behind bars for up to 15 years.
As The Ashley’s Reality Roundup reports, Mike was in court on Friday entering his plea.
His attorney issued a statement in which he pled for clemency from the judge:
“The plea terms call for a balance between punishing the wrong committed and conditions that facilitate Mike living a productive, law-abiding life moving forward,” the statement reads.
“Following through on this plea agreement, Michael intends to pay restitution before sentencing.”
We’re not sure what the taxes on $ 9 million in earnings are like, but we’re guessing it amounts to a hell of a lot more than the freakin’ Situation is able to come up with on short notice.
situation scenario is dire, but it could be a lot worse.
For example, his brother, who allegedly masterminded the tax evasion is facing a whopping 25 years in the slammer!
And don’t worry Shore fanatics–Mike has obtained permission to temporarily relocate to Miami in order to participate in the show’s reunion, which is currently filming.
We don’t know about you, but this story is causing us some seriously mixed emotions.
On the one hand, the fact that The Sitch earned so much money that he thought he’d be able to hide $ 9 million makes us want to bang our heads into the wall until we stop feeling feelings.
On the other hand, his effort to bilk Uncle Sam proved woefully unsuccessful, which kind of reaffirms our faith in both the justice system and karma.
(Dude was often on colossal d-bag on Shore.)
On the … third hand (?) Mike has provided us with hours of entertainment over the years, and the thought of dude spending a decade and a half behind bars is undeniably a bummer.
This is real human drama here, folks.
Frankly, we’re starting to think MTV should Jersey Shore: Family Vacation on hold so they can start production on an 18-hour docu-drama about the story of the Sitch.
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We’ve got quite a situation here, folks.
Just as the Jersey Shore cast is reuniting for a second shot at reality TV stardom, one of the show’s most infamous figures may be headed to jail for a very long time.
But hey, at least he’ll have plenty of time to work on those famous abs.
Back in April of 2017, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was charged with tax fraud alongside his brother and business partner, Marc Sorrentino.
According to court documents obtained by Page Six, The Sitch has pled guilty “not paying all federal income tax owed on approximately $ 8.9 million … earned between 2010 and 2012.”
And it seems that Mike didn’t simply forget to dot the I’s and cross the T’s on his 1040:
“They also stand accused of commingling their business and personal bank accounts so that they could get away with spending the money on ‘high-end luxury vehicles and clothing,’” a source close to the case claims.
Mike also stands accused of making “multiple cash deposits on the same day in amounts less than $ 10,000, into different bank accounts that he controlled” in an effort to avoid reporting his earnings to the IRS.
Mike and Marc were first offered the plea deal on December 19 but rejected it due to the lengthy amount of time they might spend behind bars.
It seems Mike is facing 15 years in prison, while his brother might be put away for a whopping 25 years.
Legal experts say it’s unlikely that they’ll receive the maximum sentence, but note that some jail time seems inevitable.
Last year, the Sorrentinos appeared on Marriage Boot Camp (they really need to fix that title), where they discussed the charges against them and admitted to being fearful of going to prison.
Interestingly, Mike is not the first Garden State-based reality star to be convicted of tax fraud in recent years.
Real Housewives of New Jersey regular Teresa Giudice served 15 months in prison on similar charges back in 2015.
Her husband, Joe Giudice, is currently serving 4 years behind bars.
There’s no word yet on whether or not Mike will be able to appear in the upcoming Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.
Which is a shame, because it certainly sounds like he could use the cash!
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