Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino forgot rule #1 of any money situation, which is that if you find yourself making more of it, you need to remember to pay Uncle Sam. Otherwise, you might find yourself in a locked-up situation. Which is where The Situation is today.
In 2014, The Situation was indicted on two counts of filing false returns and one count of conspiracy for his tax returns from 2010 to 2012. Both The Situation and his brother Mark Sorrentino were accused of failing to pay taxes on the two business they own and incorrectly reporting the nearly $9 million they made. Last year, both were indicted on even more charges of tax evasion. It’s really too bad the IRS doesn’t accept “Whoopsies, Axe body spray rotted the part of my brain that takes care of remembering to pay my taxes” as a reasonable excuse. Otherwise, The Situation and his brother might not have pled guilty to tax evasion in January of this year.
Today, The Situation and his brother were in a New Jersey federal court to receive sentencing for their crimes. People says The Situation was given eight months in prison (he was facing up to 14), and two years of supervised release. He’ll be required to complete 500 hours of community service as well as a fine of $10,000 that has to be paid within 30 days. He was given $123,913 in restitution that was already paid.
His brother got a much stiffer sentence. People says Mark Sorrentino got 24 months in prison, one year of supervised released, he’ll have to pay restitution (although the judge hasn’t figured that out yet), and will have to pay a fine of $75,000 within 30 days. That’s waaaaaay more than The Situation’s fine. Someone should tell that judge that Mike is the TV star and not the other way around. As for why Mark got three times more prison time than The Situation, that might be because The Situation’s lawyer argued yesterday during pre-sentencing that Sitch played a minor role in the tax evasion conspiracy, and that he’s been working hard on his substance abuse issues since his arrest (he’s currently sober).
The Situation arrived to court with his fiancée Lauren Pesce, and was joined by his fellow Jersey Shore cast mates for emotional support. Sadly, the Duck Phone appears to have bailed. So much for shore loyalty!
Jersey Shore Cast Supports Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino at Court in NJ as He Faces Prison https://t.co/cH5aRf2XuV
— People (@people) October 5, 2018
I’m sure eight months in prison will fly by. Maybe Snooki and the gang will drop by for a visit? The hard part will be those two years of supervised release. And I’m not talking for The Situation, I’m talking about whoever is assigned to supervise him. I hope they’ve got a good medical and health benefit plan, because I’d hate to see them sustain a shoulder injury from fist pumping in the first week of Situation-wrangling.