The Situation Charged With Tax Evasion on $8.9 Million in Earnings (VIDEO)
Update (2:51 p.m. PST, September 24, 2014):
Mike and Marc were released on $250,000 bond, according to TMZ. Their lawyers say the brothers are not guilty; they’ll be arraigned on October 6. In the meantime, Mike has to lay off the alcohol. TMZ says he’ll be subject to random drug testing, a condition his attorney tells TMZ born from his 2012 rehab stint.
Original story (10:14 a.m., September 24, 2014):
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of New Jersey claims Mike owes the country money seeing as he didn’t pay his full tax bill on earnings of $8.9 million. Two things shock us here: 1) the charge itself and 2) that The Situation had that much money to his name.
Prosecutors claim Mike went out of his way to make it seem like he had actually settled up with the U.S. government by “intentionally filing fraudulent returns.” Where he learned such a skill on the shores of Jersey, we’d like to know.
Unfortunately, as is often the case for the Sorrentinos, this whole mess is a family affair. TMZ reports Mike’s brother, Marc, (aka not the one Mike beat up in that tanning fight; that was Frank) was also charged with conspiracy to commit tax fraud. They’re expected to surrender themselves to the feds later today.
Funny how much this sounds like the tale of two other Jersey stars. We’re looking at you, Teresa and Joe Giudice.
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