Mike Sorrentino — aka The Situation from “The Jersey Shore” — arrived at federal court in New Jersey on Friday morning and pleaded guilty to tax-related charges as part of his plea deal with prosecutors.
As The Blast first reported, Sorrentino faces up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing will occur on April 25.
“What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said 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 requested permission to travel to Florida to film the new “Jersey Shore” series. The judge granted the request.
The former “Jersey Shore” star and his brother were accused of not paying all federal income tax owed on approximately $8.9 million earned between 2010-2012.
The feds also accused the Sorrentino brothers of inflating business expenses for luxury cars and clothing, and also structuring multiple cash deposits into different bank accounts in order to avoid reporting deposits to the IRS.