Sorrentino was in court today (Oct. 23) to be arraigned on charges he shortchanged Uncle Sam on taxes involving nearly $9 million in income.
Federal District Court Judge Susan Wigenton set the trial date for Dec. 2 after Sorrentino’s lawyer, Richard Sapinski, entered a not guilty plea to all charges, according to nj.com.
In all, the 32-year-old reality television personality could be facing up to 11 years in jail.
Sorrentino rocketed to public attention as part of the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” a show about a raucous band of twenty-somethings who lived together in a summer beach house.
In December 2009, following the show’s hit premiere, they launched MPS Entertainment, an umbrella company to managed all of Sorrentino’s business affairs.
Beside earning income from the show, Sorrentino also was paid for promotional appearances and product endorsements.
Federal prosecutors say Sorrentino and his brother, Marc Sorrentino used every trick in the book to allegedly cheat the government out of its fair share of taxes.
The indictment covers the 2010 through 2012 tax years, during which the brothers allegedly filed false tax returns, under reported income and inflated business expenses to include the cost of luxury cars and major bling.
Today’s arraignment opens the door to plea bargaining and Sorrentino will likely strike a deal with the government like New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudice.
Marc also pleaded not guilty and faces up to 14 years in prison.
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