We’ve got quite a situation here, folks.
Just as the Jersey Shore cast is reuniting for a second shot at reality TV stardom, one of the show’s most infamous figures may be headed to jail for a very long time.
But hey, at least he’ll have plenty of time to work on those famous abs.
Back in April of 2017, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was charged with tax fraud alongside his brother and business partner, Marc Sorrentino.
According to court documents obtained by Page Six, The Sitch has pled guilty “not paying all federal income tax owed on approximately $8.9 million … earned between 2010 and 2012.”
And it seems that Mike didn’t simply forget to dot the I’s and cross the T’s on his 1040:
“They also stand accused of commingling their business and personal bank accounts so that they could get away with spending the money on ‘high-end luxury vehicles and clothing,’” a source close to the case claims.
Mike also stands accused of making “multiple cash deposits on the same day in amounts less than $10,000, into different bank accounts that he controlled” in an effort to avoid reporting his earnings to the IRS.
Mike and Marc were first offered the plea deal on December 19 but rejected it due to the lengthy amount of time they might spend behind bars.
It seems Mike is facing 15 years in prison, while his brother might be put away for a whopping 25 years.
Legal experts say it’s unlikely that they’ll receive the maximum sentence, but note that some jail time seems inevitable.
Last year, the Sorrentinos appeared on Marriage Boot Camp (they really need to fix that title), where they discussed the charges against them and admitted to being fearful of going to prison.
Interestingly, Mike is not the first Garden State-based reality star to be convicted of tax fraud in recent years.
Real Housewives of New Jersey regular Teresa Giudice served 15 months in prison on similar charges back in 2015.
Her husband, Joe Giudice, is currently serving 4 years behind bars.
There’s no word yet on whether or not Mike will be able to appear in the upcoming Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.
Which is a shame, because it certainly sounds like he could use the cash!