Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has got a situation on his hands.
The former Jersey Shore star could spend 15 years in prison for tax evasion.
The 34-year-old is no stranger to tax problems. In 2014, he was charged with fraud.
On Friday, Mike and his brother were hit with a new indictment alleging further tax evasion, falsifying records and financial structuring.
The former reality star and his sibling “conspired to defraud the United States by not paying all federal income tax owed on approximately $8.9 million that Michael earned between 2010 and 2012,” claims today’s indictment (read it here). “The object of the conspiracy was to impede, impair, obstruct, and defeat the lawful functions of the IRS, a constituent agency of the United States Department of the Treasury, in the ascertainment, computation, assessment, and collection of income taxes,” added the ledger book-like filing in federal court today from Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.
“If convicted, the Sorrentino brothers face a statutory maximum sentence 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,” the U.S. Attorney’s office for the district of New Jersey announced this afternoon. “Michael faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each structuring count and five years in prison for the tax evasion count,” the feds added. “Marc faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction. They also face a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.”
Fifteen years? Pay your taxes, people!