Attorneys for the star, whose real name is Michael Sorrentino, argue he should receive probation after pleading guilty in January to one count of tax evasion. Sorrentino has also been fined $10,000 and will be required to complete 500 hours of community service.
As The Hollywood Reporter explains, Michael and his brother Marc Sorrentino were both charged in 2014 and again previous year for multiple counts of dodging taxes relating to some $9 million United States dollars in income. In addition to his fiancee, Lauren Pesce, the old Jersey Shore gang showed up, reports US Weekly. Asked if he had a message to his fans by reporters afterward, Sorrentino flashed the peace sign.
He said he now volunteers speaking to high school students about the risks of substance abuse. "Today I'm a man that I should have been years ago", he told the court. Indicted at the same time as Sitch on tax evasion charges, Marc was sentenced to two years in the slammer and a $70,000 fine. The bulk of the booking fees would be paid in cash, some of which wasn't reported in full as income, the indictment said.
Sorrentino's brother, Marc, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to spend two years in prison Friday.
The Feds claimed the brothers understated the windfall in tax returns and allegedly used money from their business bank accounts to pay for personal items such as high-end luxury vehicles and clothing.
Mike's Jersey Shore co-stars were all in attendance at the courthouse. He was a cast member for all six seasons of Shore's original run, ending in 2012.