"The Situation's" tax situation could land him in a legal situation where GTL could soon be redefined as Gangs, Tats and Lockdown.
Mike Sorrentino, better known for his role on MTV's "Jersey Shore," and his brother, Marc, face federal charges for not properly paying taxes on $8.9 million in earnings from promotional activities. Both men face one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and multiple charges of filing false tax returns between 2010 through 2012, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
"The Situation" and his brother are accused of filing tax returns that understated revenue earned from their entertainment and promotional companies, MPS Entertainment and Situation Nation Inc. They also inflated business expenses to lower their taxes, according to the indictment.
The brothers falsely claimed purchases of luxury cars and clothing as business expenses, the indictment says. They also funneled money from their businesses into personal bank accounts, according to the Justice Department. Furthermore, "The Situation" allegedly failed to file an individual tax return in 2011, according to the Justice Department.
The Sorrentino brothers are expected to surrender to a federal agent today and appear in court in Newark, N.J. "The Situation" could face up to 10 years in prison, while his brother's charges carry a maximum penalty of nine years.
Chris Adams, attorney to Marc Sorrentino, said his client would enter a not guilty plea, the Asbury Park Press reported. The paper couldn't reach the attorney for "The Situation."
Read the full indictment here.
Jordan Fabian is Fusion's politics editor, writing about campaigns, Congress, immigration, and more. When he's not working, you can find him at the ice rink or at home with his wife, Melissa.