Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino may be doing gym, tan, and laundry in jail. The former Jersey Shore star was indicted for tax evasion on Wednesday, with NJ.com reporting that Sorrentino and his brother filed false income tax returns from 2010 to 2012.
Whether he will end up in the slammer with fellow New Jersey residents Teresa and Joe Giudice is still unknown, but “The Situation” will likely be stiff penalties for not reporting $8.9 million in income to the IRS.
Apparently Sorrentino, 32, knew that he was going to get in a heap of trouble, and that he may face possible jail time for not properly reporting his income for two years. Shortly before he appeared in court, the 32-year-old reality star posted a warning on Instagram to those who might be thinking about doing something stupid, like not reporting millions of dollars in income to the IRS.
Reuters reports that Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, were both in court on Wednesday to face indictment on a variety of charges. Mike was indicted on two counts of filing false tax returns and one count of conspiracy. His brother was also indicted on one count of conspiracy in addition to three counts of filing false returns.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman stated during the indictment that the Sorrentino brothers reported far less income than they earned in 2012 from two companies they run, MPS Entertainment, LLC and Situation National, Inc.
“Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances. The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: telling the truth to the IRS is not optional.”
Wednesday’s indictment against “The Situation” and his brother states that Mike was paid “between $1,500 and $48,000 for appearances at nightclubs, bars and liquor stores” from 2010 to 2012, but did not report it when filing their taxes. The brothers were also cited for using personal grooming expenses, like tanning, as business expenses when they filed their taxes, in addition to writing off high-end cars and clothes that were purchased for their personal use.
— Mike The Situation (@ItsTheSituation) September 19, 2014
Will Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino spend time in jail? NJ.com states that he could face a maximum of three years for each count. With three counts against him, Sorrentino could find himself behind bars for up to nine years, in addition to some hefty fines.
Are you surprised that the former Jersey Shore star falsified his tax returns?