It’s a sad day for Jersey Shore fans.
Beloved television personality, Mike Sorrentino, better known as the “The Situation,” received unfortunate sentencing after a tax offense scandal in 2014.
Mike became a famous television personality after appearing on the hit MTV reality show, Jersey Shore in 2009. For nearly 10 years, he has become an adored personality. After making a substantial income from the show’s success, Mike failed to pay proper taxes on his earnings.
According to PEOPLE, Mike and his brother, Marc, were originally indicted in 2014 for major tax offenses and “conspiring to defraud the United States after allegedly failing to properly pay taxes on $8.9 million in income from 2010 to 2012.”
Years later, Mike and Marc were indicted on the additional charges of tax evasion, structuring and falsifying records. Both brothers pled guilty but were not immediately sentenced.
On Friday, October 5th, 2018, Mike appeared outside of a New Jersey federal court where he was treated by his close friends and cast of Jersey Shore. After hugs and comforting words of encouragement, Mike linked arms with his new fiancée Lauren Pesce. Together, the two entered into the courthouse.
With minutes, Mike’s sentence was released: He was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of supervised release. He also much complete 500 hours of community service and pay a $10,000 fine in the next 30 days. PEOPLE adds that “he was also given $123,913 in restitution already paid.”
Following his sentence, he walked out still linked with his fiancée. A paparazzi yelled out to Mike asking, “What do you say to your fans?” Mike simply held up two fingers in the form a peace signal.
Since Mike’s first appearances on Jersey Shore, he struggled with addiction- both with alcohol and prescription painkillers. Following the first season of Jersey Shore, he made poor choices while struggling with sobriety. Since then, he’s been in rehab programs twice and since became sober. Today, he celebrates 34 months sober.
Mike’s sentencing for his major tax offense comes just weeks after announcing his engagement to long-time girlfriend, Lauren Pesce. The couple has not set a wedding date yet but it will likely be after he completes his 8-month sentence.