Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Tax Evasion Charges
Michael Sorrentino has had so many “situations” since becoming The Situation on MTV’s Jersey Shore, that it’s no longer cool to even make fun of him for it. The 32-year-old found himself in a big situation yesterday. An $8.9 million situation.
Mike and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, were indicted on Wednesday of failing to pay taxes on $8.9 million, which could put them in prison for a long time if convicted. The two brothers appeared in court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to all charges. Bail for both, Mike and his brother was set at $250,000.
The Situation and his brother allegedly failed to properly pay their taxes on $8.9 million in income he earned for “promotional activities” between 2010 and 2012. And get this, they are also accused of claiming more than $5 million in “inflated” or “false” business expenses, including expensive clothes, personal grooming expenses and luxury cars.[more…]
After being released on $250,000 bond, Mike assured his fans that everything will work out. “The situation will sort itself out. Thanks, guys.” He told reporters, before sliding in the passenger seat of his attorney’s gray Kia. By the way, Mike arrived at court in a white BMW. It looks like he’s already having to downgrade.
As we mentioned, he’s facing some serious charges. If he’s found guilty, he could find himself in prison for 11 years. He also faces $600,000 in fines. His brother Marc is facing up to 14 years in prison for the three counts of filing false tax returns and the conspiracy charge.
But Michael and his attorney, Richard J. Sapinski, don’t seem too concerned. Sapinski told E! News the following…
“Michael denies the charges and believes that when all the facts come out it will be clear that he did not criminally violate the tax laws.”
Hopefully they have tanning beds in federal prison.