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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to eight months in federal prison, forced to perform 500 hours of community service, and fined $10,000. The "Jersey Shores" star evaded as much as $1.5 million in taxes for failing to report around $9 million earned from public promotional appearances as well as non-monetary earnings, such as luxury cars, clothing, and other business swag.
He had faced a maximum of five years in prison before reaching this plea deal with federal prosecutors. This sentence comes on the heels of his brother's, who received a 24 month sentence for preparing the tax return that The Situation signed.
Sorrentino went to great lengths to evade taxes, primarily through the use of setting up a shell company, Situation Nation. Sorrentino didn't file a personal tax return in 2011, but rather went with a corporate filing for Situation Nation Inc., in which he concealed his cash income. In order to evade bank reporting regulations, The Situation made multiple cash deposits in rather low amounts in different bank accounts on the same day, according to his 2017 indictment. It would have been very difficult for Sorrentino to prove that there weren't illegal intentions for these actions.
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