Jersey Shore Star Faces Tax Evasion Charges
Most people have never heard the name, Mike Sorrentino. But mention his nickname “The Situation” and it is sure to get a reaction. It has been more than five years since “The Situation”, “Snooki” and their castmates from the MTV’s The Jersey Shore have enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame. But Sorrentino is now getting a different type of notoriety. The former reality TV show star is accused of failing to report $8.9 million of earnings to the IRS. His brother and manager Marc Sorrentino is also accused falsifying records. A conviction could land both in prison.
It is the second time in three years the Sorrentino brothers have been accused of violating tax laws. Mike Sorrentino faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for structuring each account and an addition 5 years in prison for tax evasion. His brother is facing a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction. Both face a maximum of 5 years in prison on charges of conspiracy and 3 years in prison for each count of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns. But the situation gets even worse for the Sorrentino Brothers. They are also facing charges of failing to pay taxes for the $8.9 million they earned between 2010 and 2012 during Mike’s years on the Jersey Shore.
Fame Has Its Price
During the peak of the show’s success, Mike Sorrentino went from an anonymous assistant manager at a fitness center into an instant celebrity. In 2010, his earnings exceeded $5 million, making him the second highest paid reality television star only to Kim Kardashian. He became one of the most recognized celebrities in the nation. He made appearances everywhere, including the television show “Dancing With the Stars” and was even invited as a guest roaster for Donald Trump. Sorrentino was enjoying his life as a celebrity–perhaps too much. However, fame does some with a price. He was constantly mobbed by fans and followed by paparazzi. Every move he made was scrutinized by the media. Soon, it would all catch up to him.
By 2014, the man is known as “The Situation” was no longer considered an A-list celebrity. The Jersey Shore was no longer on the air. He had checked himself into rehab for an addiction to prescription medication. It was also that year when Sorrentino’s life began to unravel. He was arrested on charges of assault after getting into a fight at a tanning salon in Middletown Township, NJ. Later in September, he and his brother were charged with tax fraud.
Why You Need a Fort Lauderdale Tax Lawyer
Tax problems don’t just happen to people who are reckless with their finances. They can also happen to responsible people. The loss of a job, a divorce or mounting medical bills can place anyone in a difficult financial “situation”. Fortunately, there are solutions. Fort Lauderdale tax lawyers Ira L. Zuckerman bring more than 30 years of combined experience helping clients resolve their tax problems and issues with the IRS. They utilize an aggressive and comprehensive approach to place each client in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact the law offices of Zuckerman Law, LLC and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.