Former "Jersey Shore" TV Personality Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino was indicted on additional charges of tax evasion, structuring and falsifying records after he and his brother Marc Sorrentino were indicted in 2014 for tax offenses and conspiring to defraud the U.S.
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April 8 (UPI) -- Former Jersey Shore star Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino was indicted on new charges of tax evasion, structuring and falsifying records.
The U.S. Department of Justice stated Sorrentino is now charged with tax evasion and structuring funds to evade currency transaction reports. His brother, Marc Sorrentino, was also indicted on a new charge of falsifying records to obstruct a grand jury investigation.
The new charges come in addition to an indictment in 2014 in which the brothers were charged for tax offenses and conspiring to defraud the United States.
According to the Justice Department, Sorrentino and his brother created businesses to exploit his celebrity status following his run on the MTV reality series.
The indictment alleges the pair conspired to defraud the United States by not paying income tax on the $8.9 million Sorrentino earned between 2010 and 2012 and filed false tax returns that underreported net income and disguised payments made to the brothers.
It was also alleged that Sorrentino evaded his 2011 income taxes by failing to file a personal return, filing a false corporate return for one of his businesses, Situation Nation Inc., and concealing his cash income.
He also allegedly made multiple cash deposits on the same day in amounts less than $10,000 in different bank accounts to evade the banks' reporting requirements.
The indictment also alleges that Marc Sorrentino was served with Grand Jury subpoenas and subsequently falsified books and records for the businesses MPS Entertainment LLC and Situation Nation Inc. by altering and reclassifying taxable payments to himself as non-taxable payments.
If convicted the brothers could face a maximum of five years in prison for conspiracy and three years in prison for each count of aiding in the preparation of false tax return.
Michael Sorrentino faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each structuring count and five years in prison for the tax evasion count. Marc Sorrentino faces maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction.
An arraignment is scheduled for the brothers on April 17 at 11:30 a.m. before U.S. District Court Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark, N.J.