"The Situation" Pleads Not Guilty To Tax Evasion, Faces 10 Years In Prison

"This is a complicated case - Michael is not a complicated person."

By Eric Shorey

Most of us remember Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino as a fist-bumping misogynist on MTV's notorious Jersey Shore, but he wasn't exactly a high-profile criminal back then. Now, The Situation faces a very serious...situation as he fights off allegations of tax evasion. Sorrentino has pleaded not guilty and has headed to court to battle the charges against him.

More specifically, Mike and his brother Marc have pleaded not guilty to avoiding federal income tax owed on the $8.9 million he earned between 2010 and 2012 and not filing a personal tax return for 2011, according to NJ.com. The two are also accused of mixing up personal accounts with private LLCs and corporations established for the purposes of business. ABC adds that Mike attempted to classify the purchase of a luxury car and clothing as business expenses.The Situation has been facing tax evasion accusations since 2014, but the most recent charge alleges that Mike had been depositing cash in amounts of less than $10,000 in an attempt to avoid government scrutiny. 

"This is a complicated case - Michael is not a complicated person," Sorrentino's attorney, Henry E. Klingeman, told reporters outside the federal courthouse in Newark. 

"The new indictment adds some charges against Michael for what's called, 'structuring,'" Kingeman added.

Mike faces up to 10 years in prison, Marc up to 20. The trial has been set for February 2018.

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