The year was 2010, and Mike Sorrentino was basically the most famous man in America, or at least New Jersey.
Better known as “The Situation” on MTV’s Jersey Shore, Sorrentino raked in millions shilling his “gym, tan, laundry” routine.
It all came crashing down in 2014 when Sorrentino was indicted for “tax offenses and conspiring to defraud the United States” on $8.9 million in income.
Now, in 2017 Sorrentino finds himself in even worse trouble. The Department of Justice on Friday announced that Sorrentino had been hit with a superseding indictment related to his alleged financial crimes.
The feds charged Sorrentino with tax evasion and “structuring funds to evade currency transaction reports.” His brother Marc Sorrentino is charged with falsifying records to obstruct a grand jury investigation. Sounds bad.
To get into the specifics, the Sorrentino brothers allegedly filed false tax returns that understated their income, claimed fraudulent business deductions and disguised income earned as other kinds of cash flow to avoid income taxes. The Situation also deposited just under $10,000 in different bank accounts to avoid scrutiny, since banks have to report anything over $10,000.
Of course, they allegedly used all this money for “high-end luxury vehicles and clothing.” Probably also for laundry.
The charges are serious — the maximum sentences for the Sorrentino brothers’ various crimes range from five to 20 years.
The next step for the onetime Jersey Shore star and his brother is an arraignment on the new charges. The arraignment will take place April 17 in, of course, Newark, New Jersey.