Tax fraud? That’s a serious legal situation.
Former Jersey Shore cast member Mike Sorrentino and his brother Marc appeared in New Jersey Federal Court on Wednesday to plead not guilty to a fraud indictment claiming they did not pay taxes on $8.9 million of income.
Court documents obtained by PEOPLE show that both Sorrentino and his brother are each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, plus an additional two counts of filing false returns for the reality star, while his brother faces three.
He is also charged with failing to file a tax return in 2011, when he earned more than $1.9 million in income.
“From in or about January 2010 through in or about November 2013, in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, in the District of New Jersey and elsewhere, 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 by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating, through deceitful and dishonest means, the lawful functions of the IRS, a constituent agency of the United States Department of the Treasury, to ascertain, compute, assess, and collect federal income taxes,” the document states.
Though a rep for Sorrentino did not immediately respond for comment, the reality star did take the time to post an interesting message on Instagram the day he appeared in court.
“To be old and wise you must first be young and dumb,” he shared on his page.
This isn’t the first time Sorrentino has landed in hot water with the law. He was just arrested in June for brawling with his brother Frank at their New Jersey tanning salon.
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