Jersey Shore’s Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino sentenced to jail for tax evasion

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The MTV reality TV star appeared Friday in federal court in Newark.

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Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, one of the stars of MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore,” will spend eight months in jail for tax evasion, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

Sorrentino, a 36-year-old Manalapan native, who now lives in Long Branch, was facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of tax evasion in January.

The reality TV star will also serve two years of probation. 

His brother, Marc Sorrentino, was sentenced to two years in prison. 

Mike Sorrentino admitted to concealing some of his income to avoid paying the full amount of taxes he owed in 2011, and he said he made cash deposits into bank accounts in amounts less than $10,000 so they wouldn’t catch the attention of the Internal Revenue Service. Banks are required to file reports with the U.S. Treasury for cash deposits exceeding $10,000.

Sorrentino received instant fame after “Jersey Shore” first aired in 2009. The show documented the lives of eight young adults during a summer in Seaside Heights.

To cash in on that success, authorities said, Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino created several businesses.

And the two made a ton of money.

From 2010 to 2012, the brothers earned approximately $8.9 million, according to an indictment filed against the two. The money, prosecutors said, came from personal and television appearances, product endorsements and the sales of various products.

To book The Situation for a nightclub or bar appearance, it could cost a promoter anywhere from $1,500 to $48,000, the indictment said. The two ran an online clothing business and published an autobiography and a comic book featuring The Situation as a superhero. The product endorsements included vitamins, DVDs, clothing lines, jewelry, tuxedos and sunglasses.

While the Sorrentino brothers were amassing a small fortune, authorities said they failed to pay all the federal income taxes on the revenue. In addition to underreporting the money they earned, they also used business funds to pay for personal items, like high-end vehicles, according to the indictment.

It’s illegal to use business funds for personal items because those items can be written off as a business expense.

Alex Napoliello may be reached at anapoliello@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @alexnapoNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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