Jersey Shore star Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months in federal prison on Friday in Newark, N.J., for evading taxes on the big bucks that the MTV reality show brought his way. Sorrentino has also been fined $10,000 and will be required to complete 500 hours of community service.
Michael Sorrentino pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and admitted concealing his income in 2011 by making cash deposits in amounts that would not trigger federal reporting requirements.
Marc, meanwhile, was sentenced to two years in prison. Asked if he had a message to his fans by reporters afterward, Sorrentino flashed the peace sign. "People can look at me and say, 'If he can do it, I can'".
Michael Sorrentino apologized to the court during brief remarks and said he has overcome substance abuse. "He is looking forward to marrying his college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce, next month, and moving forward together after he serves his sentence". He was sentenced to two years in prison for tax fraud.
The 36-year-old and his older brother, Marc, were initially indicted in September 2014 for tax offences after they allegedly failed to properly pay taxes on $8.9 million-worth of income between the years 2010 and 2012. He returned for the reunion series Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, which is now airing its second season Thursdays at 8/7c on MTV.
Sorrentino was one of the self-described "guidos" among the pack of hard-partying pals featured on MTV's "Jersey Shore", which premiered in 2009.