'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

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Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe pleaded guilty in 2014 to bankruptcy fraud and submitting false loan applications to get $5 million in mortgages and construction loans.

Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, one of the stars of the "Jersey Shore" reality TV series that depicted 20-somethings partying and brawling by the seaside, pleaded guilty Friday to cheating on his taxes.

During his hearing in a Newark, New Jersey courthouse on Friday (January 19), the presiding judge agreed to allow Sorrentino to travel to Florida to shoot a Jersey Shore reunion special this year.

Michael Sorrentino admitted that in tax year 2011, he earned taxable income, including some that was paid in cash, and that he took certain actions to hide some of his income to avoid paying the full amount of taxes he owed. His sentencing was scheduled for late April.

Klingeman blamed part of the tax evasion on bad financial managers while his client was busy being a reality TV star.

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. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to not paying about $200,000 in income taxes. "The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts".

Additional charges were filed previous year when federal prosecutors announced a superseding indictment that accused Mike Sorrentino of tax evasion and structuring funds to evade currency transaction reports.

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The Sitch's charge carries a maximum penalty of five years behind bars. They have been free on bail since the charges were made.

Mike Sorrentino, 35, will be sentenced on April 25.

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In this publicity image released by MTV, the cast of "Jersey Shore", from left, Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Pivarnick, Paul " DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Ronnie Magro, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola are shown.

"Do not f*** with the IRS", she said.

"I've worked hard to change", he said.

"In the last several years he has grown up as a human being", attorney Henry Klingeman said.

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