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March 18, 2019

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino sentenced to eight months in prison in tax evasion case

October 5, 2018
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, seen here arriving at court in Newark Friday and being greeted by his “Jersey Shore” castmates, was sentenced to eight months in prison for tax evasion. (Elder Ordonez /

The Situation is heading for incarceration.

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months behind bars and two years of supervised release Friday after his conviction on a single count of tax evasion in January.

One of the breakout stars of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” Sorrentino ducked five years of potential jail time in the case and received less than the 14 months federal prosecutors requested.

But Sorrentino, 37, had hoped for probation when he entered his plea under a deal that ditched a raft of other charges.

He was accompanied at the sentencing by his fiancée Lauren Pesce.

“Michael accepts the court’s judgment,” Sorrentino’s lawyer, Henry E. Klingeman, told the Daily News. “He is looking forward to marrying his college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce, next month, and moving forward together after he serves his sentence.”

The cast of his hit reality TV show also showed up outside the courthouse, including Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Nicole “Snooki” LaValle.

The tight-knit friends rallied around The Sitch while their “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” reunion series is now in its second season on MTV.

Sorrentino shot to stardom on the original “Jersey Shore,” which became a pop culture phenomenon during its six-season run from 2009 through 2012.

The self-proclaimed “guido” became a fan favorite as he lived by the GTL code of “gym-tan-laundry” in a communal beach house decked out with “Scarface” movie posters and its famous mallard duck telephone.

According to his plea agreement, Sorrentino evaded taxes in 2011 to the tune of $123,913.

Prosecutors said Sorrentino concealed his cash income by making multiple cash deposits in a single day in amounts less than $10,000 to evade his banks’ reporting requirements.

The Sitch’s brother Marc Sorrentino also faced charges, with prosecutors saying he falsified records to obstruct a grand jury investigation. He was sentenced to two years and a $75k fine.

The brothers were first indicted in 2014. At the time, authorities said the duo created businesses such as Situation Nation Inc. to exploit Michael’s celebrity status during his heyday.

They raked in an estimated $8.9 million between 2010 and 2012 from a range of product endorsements, appearance fees and other projects capitalizing on Sorrentino’s wild popularity, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

The Feds claimed the brothers understated the windfall in tax returns and allegedly used money from their business bank accounts to pay for personal items such as high-end luxury vehicles and clothing.

Marc previously faced a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction but also copped a deal with prosecutors.

Under his plea agreement, Marc pleaded guilty to aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return and admitted he under-reported his income for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Among Sorrentino’s other castmates who showed up for the sentencing were Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Deena Cortese and Angelina Pivarnick.

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