The indictment was unveiled on Wednesday (Sept. 25) in New Jersey, The former “Jersey Shore” reality TV star is accused of filing false tax returns.
His brother, Marc, was indicted for conspiracy to commit tax fraud. Both pleaded not guilty and have been released on $250,000 bonds. They are scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 6, according to local TMZ.
Sorrentino and his cohorts, Paul DelVecchio, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jennifer “JWoww” Farley, Samantha Giancola and others were plucked from obscurity by MTV in 2009 to portray life among eight housemates during a summer at the beach.
The show was a huge hit and became the most viewed series in the cable network’s history, vaulting “The Situation” and other cast members to near instant stardom and eventually fat paychecks.
The show aired until December 2012 in the United States. By then Sorrentino were well-known reality personalities. They went their separate ways and Sorrentino branched out into several businesses.
Sorrentino reportedly made more than $5 million in 2010, becoming the second highest earning reality star behind Kim Kardashian.
Most of the money came from liquor and athletic shoe endorsements, a vitamin line and a ghost-written auto-biography.
Meanwhile, he flaunted his wealth and bragged about his business acumen.
But “The Situation” was fueling his lifestyle instead by allegedly filing false tax returns.
Sorrentino’s family owns a string of tanning salons and are scheduled to appear in a TVGN reality show titled “The Sorrentinos.”
Some of the scenes may have to be shot from jail.
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