'The Situation' has a problem: 'Jersey Shore' star Mike Sorrentino pleads not guilty to tax fraud

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'The Situation' has a problem: 'Jersey Shore' star Mike Sorrentino pleads not guilty to tax fraud
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley speak backstage at Z100's Jingle Ball 2013, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: (L-R) Jenni 'JWoww' Farley and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi attend the Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars event at Catch Rooftop on May 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Jenni 'JWoww' Farley (L) and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi visit 'Extra' in Times Square on January 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi attend the Z100's Artist Gift Lounge presented by AXE at Z100's Jingle Ball 2013 at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley attend the Z100's Artist Gift Lounge presented by AXE at Z100's Jingle Ball 2013 at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley (L) and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi attend the Snooki and JWoww Halloween Event: 'Night Of The Living Drag' at Providence on October 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley attend the Snooki and JWoww Halloween Event: 'Night Of The Living Drag' at Providence on October 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4545 -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer 'JWoww' Farley and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi during a commercial break on October 8, 2013 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jenni 'JWoww' Farley (l.) and Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi (r.) of MTV's 'The Jersey Shore' fame photographed at Broadway Lofts for second season of their spinoff show 'Snooki & JWOWW'. (Photo by Susan Watts/New York Daily News)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Ronald Ortiz-Magro, 'Ronnie' of MTVs Jersey Shore poses during a photo call at the MTV Headquarters on March 8, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 30: Television personality Ronnie Ortiz-Magro attends the Sugar Factory American Brasserie at the Paris Las Vegas on December 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Paul DelVecchio of the Jersey Shore pose at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards Press Room at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
The cast of 'The Jersey Shore' arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) August 28, 2011 at the Noika Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. Brown (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Vinny Guadagnino and Paul DelVecchio of the Jersey Shore pose at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards Press Room at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 25: Guests react as television personality Ronnie Ortiz-Magro from MTV's 'Jersey Shore' arrives at the LAX Nightclub at the Luxor Resort & Casino March 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LAX Nightclub)
ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 22: Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio (left), from the MTV series 'Jersey Shore,' takes a ride aboard the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster in the Magic Kingdom on October 22, 2010 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Delvecchio, riding with Celebration (Fla.) High School senior Bryan Lopez (front right) and a host of central Florida high school seniors behind him, was at the theme park to announce his involvement as one of the featured performers for 'Disney Grad Nite 2011,' a private, after-hours party at the Magic Kingdom in April and May 2011 for high school seniors from across the country. Delvecchio will serve as the party's featured DJ, and headline the graduation party alongside UK-born R&B singer Taio Cruz and pop duo '3OH!3.' (Photo by Diana Zalucky/Disney via Getty Images)
JWoww and Roger Mathews attend Jet at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on September 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Television personality J-Woww arrives to host an evening at the Jet Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on September 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Vinny Guadagnino of MTV's Hit show Jersey Shore attends the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
TV personalities from the TV show 'Jersey Shore' arrive at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. *** Local Caption ***
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: (L-R) 'Jersey Shore' cast members Jenni 'JWoww' Farley, Angelina Pivarnick, Sammi ÒSweetheartÓ Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio, Vinny Guadagnino, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino attend the MTV series premiere for 'The Hard Times Of RJ Berger' and 'Warren The Ape' at Trousdale on June 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Jersey Shore's Jenni 'JWoww' Farley arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards Arrivals at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California.
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 21: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola are seen filming 'Jersey Shore' during the last day of filming in Miami Beach on May 21, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Troy Rizzo/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 21: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola are seen filming 'Jersey Shore' during the last day of filming in Miami Beach on May 21, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Troy Rizzo/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 21: Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro are seen filming 'Jersey Shore' during the last day of filming in Miami Beach on May 21, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Troy Rizzo/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - APRIL 05: Paul 'Pauly D' DelVecchio and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro are seen in South Beach as filming begins for 'Jersey Shore' on April 5, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Troy Rizzo/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - APRIL 05: Vinny Guadagnino is seen in South Beach as filming begins for 'Jersey Shore' on April 5, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Troy Rizzo/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - APRIL 05: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi is seen in South Beach as filming begins for 'Jersey Shore' on April 5, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Troy Rizzo/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 27: Playboy bunny cocktail servers Jessa Hinton (L) and Lagracella Omran (R) present television personality Jenni 'JWoWW' Farley (C) from the MTV show, 'Jersey Shore' with a Playboy Club key at the Playboy Club at the Palms Casino Resort as part of her 25th birthday celebration February 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Cast members from MTV's 'The Jersey Shore' were guests on 'THE VIEW,' Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. The co-hosts were given their own 'Jersey Shore' names by Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino. They are: Whoopi is 'The Administration' (because she sits at the head of the table), Joy is 'The Assumption' (because he heard some of her on-air comments backstage), Elisabeth is 'The Attraction' and Sherri is 'The Duplication' (because she has Snooki's hair-do). VW10 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Life is proving to be far from a beach for one former "Jersey Shore" cast member.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, 32, pleaded not guilty to income Wednesday afternoon in a federal court in Newark. His brother Marc Sorrentino also pleaded not guilty to related charges.

Mike and his brother Marc were both charged in the alleged scheme, authorities announced Wednesday via Twitter.
Officials contend Mike Sorrentino filed fraudulent tax returns to evade paying his share against nearly $9 million in earnings, officials said in a press release.

Mike Sorrentino was the most high-profile member of the cast and went on to open a chain of tanning salons in Florida, New Jersey and New York following the show's end.

Marc Sorrentino lists himself on Twitter as a CEO and DJ.

"Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances," said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. "The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts."

The television personality did not even file a tax return for 2011: A year in which the IRS claims he earned just under $2 million.

The Situation is known to flaunt his wealth and has often been seen racing around both Florida and New Jersey in pricey cars.

Each brother is charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and multiple counts of filing fraudulent tax returns. The criminal charges carry a maximum prison sentence of three years behind bars and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

The duo is due back in court October 6.

'The Situation' Faces Jail Time For Tax Fraud
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