Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino‘s former lawyer asked to be removed from his case, saying his client couldn’t continue to pay him, according to The Record – and the reality star’s tax fraud trial will apparently be delayed as he hunts for a new attorney.
“I definitely need some time to find a new attorney because I really don’t have much left in the bank,” the former Jersey Shore star – now appearing on WE’s Marriage Boot Camp – said in federal court Friday, according to the newspaper.
He had submitted a financial affidavit, but his request for a free attorney was denied, according to the site.
“While certainly your finances may be strained to some degree, I didn’t feel that it was appropriate to assign [a attorney]”, U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton said, according to the site.
She added: “You may have to change some things that you do in your lifestyle to possibly make some room for the payment and retention of counsel.”
Mike, 34, and his brother, Marc, were indicted on charges of filing false tax returns, according to The Record, and allegedly failed to properly pay taxes on $8.9 million in income.
According to court documents previously obtained by PEOPLE, the U.S. government alleges that “from in or about January 2010 through in or about November 2013 … defendants Marc Sorrentino and Michael Sorrentino, aka ‘The Situation,’ did knowingly and intentionally conspire and agree with each other and others to defraud the United States.”
Marc, a real estate agent, has been appointed a free attorney after he said he had run out of savings, according to The Record, citing court records.
Their trial had been set for September, but a judge has given Mike until Oct. 14 to hire a new attorney, according to the site.
Mike’s rep did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
When reached earlier Friday by The Record, his former attorney spoke well of him.
“Michael is a nice young man,” the attorney, Richard Sapinski, said. “Hopefully he can prove his position that he did nothing criminally wrong, which I continue to believe.”