If you’re stressing about getting your taxes done by April 15, allow Mike Sorrentino to provide some perspective.
Sorrentino, who rose to fame as The Situation on the MTV reality series “Jersey Shore,” has been indicted on charges including tax evasion, and structuring and falsifying records, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey said Friday.
And that’s in addition to charges that Sorrentino had previously been indicted on.
According to the new indictment, Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, allegedly conspired to defraud the U.S. by not paying all federal income tax owed on approximately $8.9 million that Mike Sorrentino earned between 2010 and 2012.
The “Jersey Shore” alum is accused of evading 2011 income taxes — failing to file a personal return, filing a false corporate return for his company Situation Nation and concealing his cash income — in the new indictment.
“The brothers allegedly filed or caused to be filed with the IRS false tax returns that understated gross receipts, claimed fraudulent business deductions, disguised income payments made to the brothers and to others and under-reported net business income,” the U.S. attorney’s office said. “The brothers also allegedly commingled funds among business and personal bank accounts and used the money from the business bank accounts to pay for personal items, such as high-end luxury vehicles and clothing.”
In 2014, the Sorrentino brothers were indicted for other tax offenses and conspiring to defraud the United States. The superseding indictment returned today includes new charges against both men.
An arraignment on the new indictment is scheduled for April 17. Hopefully Sorrentino will have his taxes this year filed by then, or at least request an extension.
The Sorrentinos face a maximum of five years in prison on the conspiracy count and three years in prison for each count of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns.
Michael Sorrentino faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each structuring count and five years in prison for the tax evasion count, while Marc faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction.
The Sorrentinos also face a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
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