Since Jersey Shore ended in 2012, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has had several run-ins with the law. To quote his own name and catch phrase, he’s got a situation. Though he got clearance to participate in the new Jersey Shore Family Vacation, his troubles aren’t over, and by the time the season is finished, he could be facing jail time or a hefty fine. Before you GTL, catch up on his — last time I’ll say it, I swear — situation.
March 1, 2014: Mike opens his Boca Tanning Club franchise in Middletown, New Jersey.
June 11, 2014: TMZ reports that four employees at the tanning salon file a police report because their paychecks were bouncing. According to TMZ’s sources, the Situation says the problem is the result of switching payroll companies. (The tanning salon stuff isn’t related to the tax stuff; it’s just here because it’s a separate cause of turmoil for the Sitch.)
June 17, 2014: Mike is arrested for assault at the Middletown tanning salon. He tells reporters that the fight was with his brother Frank, and that “HR was not running the store correctly.” He agreed to take anger management classes as part of a deal that would downgrade his charges.
Sept. 24, 2014: Mike and his brother Marc are indicted on charges of filing false tax returns and conspiracy to commit fraud. According to the charges, they did not report income from their appearances, and the Situation did not file a 2011 return at all despite earning nearly $2 million that year. The trial is originally scheduled for 2015 but is postponed when the Situation’s lawyer leaves the case.
Feb. 2015: The tanning salon in Middletown is closed by its landlord, who claims the Situation owes thousands of dollars in rent. Meanwhile, Mike tweets out a photo proving that another of the family’s Boca locations is still open.
Dec. 18, 2015: Gregg Mark, Mike and Marc’s former accountant, pleads guilty to filing fraudulent tax returns for them for 2010 and 2011. Mark admits that the false returns defrauded the IRS somewhere between $550,000 and $1.5 million.
April 7, 2017: Mike and Mark are indicted on additional charges; Mike for tax evasion and Marc for falsifying records to obstruct an investigation. The new charges claim that the brothers underreported income, claimed fraudulent deductions, mixed business and personal income, and used business money to make personal purchases.
Jan. 19, 2018: Mike pleads guilty to tax evasion; Marc pleads guilty to aiding the preparation of a false tax return. Mike also admitted to concealing his income 2011 by making small cash deposits in order to evade reporting it (this is called structuring). The judge approved Mike’s trip to Miami to film Jersey Shore Family Vacation but he will be sentenced on April 25. He could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His attorneys make a statement encouraging the judge to be lenient in sentencing: “The plea terms call for a balance between punishing the wrong committed and conditions that facilitate Mike living a productive, law-abiding life moving forward. Following through on this plea agreement, Michael intends to pay restitution before sentencing.”
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