The Situation responds to tax fraud charges
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino is hopeful he will be vindicated after being indicted for tax fraud.
The 33-year-old former Jersey Shore star and his brother Marc were charged with tax evasion by the United States Department of Justice this week after being accused of not properly paying taxes on $8.9 million in earnings.
And as Mike left federal court on Wednesday, he told Extra his thoughts on the matter.
“I’m sure the situation will sort itself out,” he mused.
According to TMZ, prosecutors for the US Attorney’s office in New Jersey claim Mike “intentionally filed fraudulent returns in order to make it appear he was square with the IRS”.
He is also accused of not paying his entire tax bill.
Mike’s brother Marc was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and both siblings face numerous counts of filing false tax returns. In addition to these charges, Mike might also be penalised for failing to file a tax return in 2011.
The siblings surrendered to federal court on Wednesday and were released from custody on a $250,000 bond. Lawyers for Mike and Marc claim their clients are not guilty.
The brothers will be formally arraigned on the matter October 6.
Mike seemed to have alluded to the tax charges on his Instagram account Wednesday.
He posted a meme picture which read “to be old and wise you must first be young and dumb”, writing in the image caption: “To be”.
This isn’t the first time the Sorrentino brothers have been in trouble with the law.
In July the former Jersey Shore star accepted a plea deal in court following his June arrest for assaulting his brother at the Boca Tanning Club in Middletown, New Jersey. He was ordered to complete 12 weeks in anger management rehab as part of the arrangement.
Boca Club Tanning is the setting for new reality TV show The Sorrentinos, which centres on the family business.
The tanning enthusiast opened the salon back in March this year along with his two brothers, his sister Melissa and his mother.
© Cover Media