He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges and faced 15 years in prison, but the U.S. Attorney's Office reportedly filed documents informing the judge it struck a plea deal with the reality personality and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, who was charged with falsifying records to obstruct a grand jury investigation. In some cases, Mike Sorrentino was paid off the books, and made cash bank deposits small enough not to be detected by the IRS. "All of us are required by law to pay our fair share of taxes".
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The Sorrentino brothers created businesses, such as MPS Entertainment LLC and Situation Nation Inc., "to take advantage of Michael's celebrity status", federal prosecutors said. Marc Sorrentino, 38, faces up to three years for aiding in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return.
Mike Sorrentino admitted that in 2011 he concealed a portion of his taxable income to evade paying the full amount of taxes he owed.
According to NJ.com, prosecutors did not specify the charges to which the brothers are pleading guilty. In April of previous year, they were indicted again on further charges including tax evasion and structuring and falsifying records.
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Michael Sorrentino admitted to concealing income in 2011 to avoid paying taxes when he allegedly earned almost $1.96 million, while his older brother, who acted as Michael Sorrentino's manager, told the court that from 2010 through 2012, he provided false information to his accountants to under-report income.
Prosecutors asserted that the duo allegedly filed false documents that understated their business and personal incomes.
Mike and his brother had pleaded not guilty, but wrote a letter to the judge this week stating they wanted to change their pleas. Sentencing for the brothers is set for April 25.
The lawyer for Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino says the "Jersey Shore" reality TV star shouldn't serve jail time for cheating on his taxes.
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