Even fame will not protect individuals when the government moves forward with prosecution for tax crimes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently accused Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino of tax evasion.
Ultimately, the former reality star, of “Jersey Shore” fame, took a plea deal in the case.
Details of the charges: Government accuses star of tax evasion
NBC News reports the Department of Justice accused The Situation of tax evasion and conspiring to defraud the United States. Basically, the reality television star failed to pay income taxes on earning from 2010 to 2012. The government also accused him of filing false returns and evading required bank reporting.
Penalties for tax crimes are harsh: Star headed to prison for eight months
Tax crimes often come with monetary penalties and fines. However, it is important to note that prison time is not unusual. In this case, the accused will serve eight months in federal prison. This is in addition to two years of supervised release and 500 hours of required community service.
Monetary penalties also apply. The government also required The Situation pay a $10,000 fine.
Importance of legal counsel: The Situation takes a plea deal
In this case, the reality star chose to accept a plea deal proposed by the government. Such offers are not uncommon. Those who are offered such deals by the government are wise to carefully consider the impact of the deal before accepting the offer. The attorneys at Goldburd McCone LLP can explain the impact as well as other options that may be available in your case.