Jersey Shore‘s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino Faces 15 Years in Prison
There's no question that MTV's Jersey Shore was one of the best reality television programs of all time.
The show, which ran from 2009-2012, starred Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, Jenni “Jwoww” Farley, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and more. Jersey Shore helped coin iconic phrases like “grenade” and “GTL” (gym, tan, laundry); the cast was even intrumental in teaching us the art of fist pumping. We owe them a lot.
While Snooki and Jwoww have gone on to become household names, DJ Pauly D went on to date Danity Kane celebrity Aubrey O'Day, and Vinny Guadagnino famously schooled the President on global warming, thing haven't exactly been going well for every Jersey Shore alum. Unfortunately for Mike Sorrentino, his life hasn't exactly gone as planned. The Situation's current ~situation~ doesn't look good: He and his older brother Marc Sorrentino recently plead guilty to tax fraud. Specifically, Mike plead guilty to tax evasion and Marc plead guilty to aiding in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return.
“What [Mike and Marc] admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers,” said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey. “All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes. Celebrity status does not provide a free pass from this obligation.”
The Sorrentino brothers' problematic tax returns date back to 2010-2012, during the original Jersey Shore years, when Mike made $8.9 million and the brothers allegedly hid portions of this income through cash deposits and withheld information.
Mike's attorneys, Henry Klingeman and Kristen Santillo, released a statement that said, “[Mike] has come to terms with mistakes he made at a very different and tumultuous time in his life. He deeply regrets his failure to pay his taxes and has spent the past several years turning his life into something positive.”
Mike has recently become open about addiction issues that plagued his time in the Jersey Shore house and after. Although he went to rehab for the first time in 2012, he descended into drug and alcohol addiction yet again in 2014 before cleaning up his act — hopefully this time for good. He's now been sober for over two years.
With the original lawsuit against them having been filed back in 2014, the Sorrentinos' sentencing is currently scheduled for April 25, 2018, and the maximum sentence would be 15 years behind bars.
Mike and the rest of the Jersey Shore cast are back to filming a reboot season of their show — though Sammi “Sweetheart” will not be returning. The reboot, titled Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is filming in Miami this time. Mike's time shooting in Florida with the JS cast and crew was a trip approved by a judge during his trial. There's no word on how The Situation's guilty plea will affect the future of the show so only time will tell.