A federal judge in New Jersey sentenced Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino to eight months in prison Friday for tax evasion he committed when MTV’s “Jersey Shore” was at its peak.
NJ.com reported that prosecutors said Sorrentino, 36, and his brother, Marc, created several businesses based on their in-person and television appearances, product endorsements, and product sales. They went on to accuse the pair of earning $8.9 million between 2010 and 2012—and completely failing to pay federal taxes.
The Sorrentino brothers were also accused of underreporting their earnings and allocating business funds for personal items.
The pair were indicted on federal charges in September 2014. People reported that Marc was sentenced Friday to two years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion.
The entire “Jersey Shore” cast was reportedly present at the courthouse Friday in support of their castmate. However, Vinny Guadagnino and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley were the only two who sat in on court proceedings, according to NJ.com.
The Situation went on to apologize for his actions, telling a judge that he’s grown as a person and is three years sober. The reality star previously battled a pill addiction that has often played out in the tabloids and on television.
“Today I live my life with integrity,” he said. “I don’t drink, I don’t drug, I don’t cheat, I don’t smoke. I don’t even drive fast, your honor.”
The “Jersey Shore” alum was also ordered to undergo two years of supervised release, complete 500 hours of community service, and pay a $10,000 fine. People noted that he’s already paid $123,913 in restitution.
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