Reality Star Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

Jersey Shore's Mike 'The Situation' to face 15 years in prison

The Jersey Shore star and his brother/manager Marc were charged in 2014 and again previous year with multiple counts related to almost $9 million in income from the show.

The brothers initially were charged with filing bogus tax returns on income earned between 2010 and 2012, mostly through two companies they controlled, MPS Entertainment and Situation Nation.

That sentencing will take place at a hearing on April 25 in Newark.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion on Friday, January 19, Us Weekly can confirm.

The Situation, 36, faces up to five years in prison after copping to one count of tax evasion.

"All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes", U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a statement. Celebrity status does not provide a free pass from this obligation. He also admitted to making "cash deposits into bank accounts in amounts less than $10,000 each" to avoid detection by the IRS.

Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother are scheduled to appear in federal court in Newark on Friday. In April of previous year, they were indicted again on further charges including tax evasion and structuring and falsifying records.

According to NJ.com, prosecutors did not specify the charges to which the brothers are pleading guilty. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to not paying about $200,000 in income taxes. Last year, he signed a bill capping the amount of state money universities can pay for speakers, because Rutgers University paid "Jersey Shore" cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi $32,000 in 2011.

While Sorrentino was present in court alongside girlfriend Lauren Pesce, the judge approved his request to travel to Florida to shoot a Jersey Shore reunion, TMZ reports.

The lawyer for Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino says the "Jersey Shore" reality TV star shouldn't serve jail time for cheating on his taxes.

Oh, and if all goes to plan Mike still wants to participate in the Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which is being filmed this summer.

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