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'Jersey Shore' Star The Situation Expected To Plead Guilty In Tax Fraud Case

In 2014, Michael Sorrentino and his brother-manager, Marc Sorrentino, were accused of underreporting their income following The Situation's rise to fame. 

"Jersey Shore" star Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino is expected to plead guilty in his tax crimes case today, prosecutors said in a court filing this week. According to ABC News, this plea comes three weeks before his trial on tax evasion was scheduled to begin.

In 2014, 35-year-old Michael and his brother-manager, Marc Sorrentino, were accused of underreporting their income following The Situation's rise to fame. The two were charged with multiple counts related to their nearly $9 million income. Sorrentino was expected to face 15 years in prison if convicted.

According to NJ.com, prosecutors did not specify the charges to which the brothers are pleading guilty. It is unclear if the Sorrentinos have made additional statements at this time.

Prosecutors asserted that the duo allegedly filed false documents that understated their business and personal incomes.

"According to the indictment, Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances," said US Attorney Paul J. Fishman at the time of their original indictment. "The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: telling the truth to the IRS is not optional."

The Situation was also charged with not filing his taxes for 2011, reported ABC News. That year, the reality star pulled in approximately $2 million.

As ABC News reported, the two brothers initially pleaded not guilty. 

After starring in six seasons of "Jersey Shore," Sorrentino went on to appear in several reality TV shows, including "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars," "The Sorrentinos" and "Celebrity Big Brother."

In addition to his appearances, Sorrentino made his own fitness video, "The Situation Workout," and released a supplement line.

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