Gym, tan, prison?
One-time “Jersey Shore” reality star Michael (The Situation) Sorrentino and his brother pleaded guilty to tax charges Friday in Newark Federal Court.
The pair were slated to face trial next month on accusations related to nearly $ 9 million in money generated by the Situation’s starring role on the classic MTV show.
But they reversed course this week in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Susan Wigenton, indicating they wanted to change their pleas.
Mike Sorrentino, 35, will be sentenced on April 25.
Sorrentino, 38, faces up to five years in prison on his plea to one count of tax evasion. His kid brother Marc, 36, faces up to three years in prison for aiding in the preparation of a bogus tax return.
The Garden State siblings admitted their guilt before Wigenton, and each faces an additional $ 250,000 fine at their April 25 sentencing.
“What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers,” said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
Jersey Shore cast members (l. to r.) The Situation, JWoww, Pauly D, Deena Cortese, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi at an event in 2012.
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“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.”
Sorrentino arrived in a grey suit, black tie and sunglasses for the hearing. He acknowledged concealing some of his 2011 cash earnings by making bank deposits of under $ 10,000 to stay off the Internal Revenue Service radar.
Sorrentino, who appeared on all six tawdry seasons of “Jersey Shore,” grew up with his brother in Manalapan, N.J. The Situation’s catchphrase for his seaside lifestyle was “GTL” — gym, tan, laundry.