Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is facing a possible 5 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on Friday.
The former Jersey Shore star "pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion", according to a statement from the United States Department of Justice, while brother Marc Sorrentino "pleaded guilty to one count of aiding in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return."
“What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers,” said U.S. Attorney Carpenito in a statement. “All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes. Celebrity status does not provide a free pass from this obligation.”
Sorrentino’s attorney, Henry E. Klingeman, made a statement to TheBlast following the judge’s acceptance of his client’s plea. “He has been sober for two years, counseled other young people facing life’s stresses, and has built a stable, loving relationship with his girlfriend Lauren Pesce, who stands by his side.”
“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. Following through on this plea agreement, Michael intends to pay restitution before sentencing.”
Sentencing for the Sorrentino brothers is scheduled for April 25, where Mike faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He previously faced 15 years for multiple counts.
However, it is more likely he will be sentenced to supervised release, restitution, and some pretty hefty fines. Marc faces up to three years in prison for aiding his brother in filing false returns.
Both Mike Sorrentino was charged in 2014 for failing to pay appropriate taxes in 2010, 2011, and 2012. With the help of brother Marc, he inflated his business tax deductions by claiming expensive dinners, designer clothes, and luxury cars as business expenses.
Mike also attempted to hide his income by opening multiple bank accounts and depositing less than $10,000 to each of them, skirting that rule that requires banks to report all deposits over $10,000.
Sorrentino is set to appear on the new Jersey Shore reunion show, Jersey Shore Family Vacation.