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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison on Tax Evasion Charges

The Jersey Shore star admitted to concealing income from the Internal Revenue Service in January.

Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months in prison on charges of tax evasion in federal court on Friday.

The reality star, 36, pleaded guilty in January to one count of tax evasion for hiding income from the Internal Revenue Service and falsifying documents. Sorrentino's brother, Marc, was sentenced to two years on similar charges.

Shortly after the premiere and subsequent popularity of Jersey Shore in 2009, the brothers established several companies through which they sought to capitalize on Sorrentino's sudden fame. According to indictment documents, companies including Situation Nation, Inc., Situation Productions, and GTL Management were used to facilitate product endorsements, book promotional and television appearances, broker brand partnerships, and even publish a comic book.

Sorrentino and his brother admitted to depositing income in increments of less than $10,000 in order to evade the attention of the IRS (banks are required to notify the Treasury of deposits larger than $10,000). They also pleaded guilty to using business accounts to pay for high-end luxury vehicles, jewelry, and clothing. In total, the brothers had earned almost $9 million from 2010 to 2013 that they failed to report or pay federal taxes on. Their indictment hearing took place just days before filming of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation was to begin in Miami. Though the sentencing was originally scheduled for April, Judge Susan Wigenton postponed it so Sorrentino could appear on the show.

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Prosecutors sought a sentence of 14 months, while attorneys for the defendant requested probation, citing their client's recent recovery from substance abuse. Among those gathered to support Sorrentino at the Newark, New Jersey courthouse on Friday were his fiancé, Lauren Pesce, and Jersey Shore housemates Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Vinnie Guadagnino, and Deena Cortese.

"I'm hoping for positive results for him," said Polizzi in a previous interview with People. "He's full of life and energy."

When asked how his friend and castmate would handle time behind bars, Guadagnino said, "I think he would handle it better than a lot of people out there, just because his mind is very positive right now," he said. "He accepts everything and he takes everything one day at a time. He has all the tools to get through what he's going through."

In addition to prison time, Sorrentino's sentence includes $123,913 in restitution already paid, 500 hours of community service, and a $10,000 fine.

Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.


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Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars is back! And this season is arguably the most insane season yet because Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett are airing their dirty laundry (and we do mean DIRTY) out for all to see...again. And we, along with Kendra, are all waiting to hear from Hank's mouth exactly what happened between him and the transexual model that he allegedly had an affair with.

But before we get to Kendra and Hank, let's take a look at the other minions of this season...which is basically everyone else because really, who cares?

First we have Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of Jersey Shore fame and his girlfriend Lauren. They used to date in college and now they're back together. Their problem is basically Mika and his addiction problems, along with the fact that he's facing some pretty serious jail time for something that they'd rather not speak about. *Cough* Tax evasion.

Next is Tami and Reggie. Tami was on Basketball Wives and is apparently cray cray, but she's also a big ol' cougar because she's at bootcamp with her boytoy who is 17 years her junior. Their problem is that she's already done the marriage and the kid thing with another dude and she think she's too old to do it all over again.

Then there's Aubrey O'day and her boyfriend Travis. Their major problem is Aubrey and her selfish ways, but she also argues that Travis is jealous and possessive.

"He's jealous and he creates conflict hour after hour," Aubrey said.

"It's not attractive when a woman tells you she's going to fuck someone else," he shot back. Touché.

Lastly there's Jordan and Jeff who met on Big Brother and are now engaged. They're pretty damn near perfect and it's kind of dumb that they're on this show, but hopefully there will be some deep seated issues that spring up for our entertainment.

Ok, back to Kendra and Hank. So the first exercise that the couples were faced with was a mock wedding. This was especially interesting considering only one of the five couples is married. When each couple went up to the altar in front of therapists Jim and Elizabeth Carroll, someone in the crowd objected to the marriage essentially giving them a dose of reality. For some people it was a friend, for others it was a concerned fan, but for Kendra and Hank it was Kendra's mom Patti! What a lunatic this woman is!

Kendra was shocked to see her mother standing there ready to give her objections and she immediately grabbed Hank's hands to show that they were putting up a united from against crazy Patti.

"She has written me off my whole life,"Kendra said. "I can't catch my breath. I feel like I'm about to have a panic attack. It's the same feeling as if you were being approached by a shark. A great white shark."

And Patti smelled blood.

"I get the impression that you hate me," Patti said condescendingly.

"She's said it from the start. She said the day she lost her daughter was the day he proposed to me," Kendra yelled. "You sell us out to the tabloids! The devil has eaten yout soul!!!"

"Awwwww, poor Kendra," Patti replied.

WHAT the actual fuck is going on here? Is this real life? All the other couples were witnessing all this go down with their jaws literally on the floor. Eventually Jim and Elizabeth separated Kendra, Hank, and her mother and the other couples all gathered to talk about the shit storm that just took place.

We are in for quite the season, and you don't want to miss any of it. So check back with Popdust every Friday night for a recap of the drama!


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This week on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, the couples started off with the most perfect exercise in the world for them, called “It’s not me, it’s you.”

This is going to be so fucking good.

Not surprisingly, Aubrey O’Day and her boyfriend Travis both find this drill hilariously appropriate for them.

“Me an’ Aubrey got this,” Travis said. “I could sit here all day and point out flaws about my girl and she could sit here all day and point out flaws about me.” #RelationshipGoals

It didn’t take long for them to rip into each other over what they hate about one another, basically boiling down to the fact that Aubrey is a crazy lunatic who doesn’t respect Travis in the least.

Up next is our favorite dysfunctional couple Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson. They both come up with bullshit issues like Hank wanting to be too perfect and Kendra not accepting love. Umm, these are not the issues we’re tuning in to hear about you guys!

Even therapists Jim and Elizabeth are annoyed with their reluctance to open up about the cheating scandal and begin to devise a plan of attack.

After the first exercise Travis and Aubrey were both still revved up and clearly not done discussing what they hate about each other, and Aubrey goes after Travis for being a dick to her best friend.

“I’ve in the past said some unkind things about Aubrey’s best friend,” Travis admitted. “She’s always going to want to be number on in your life because she’s in love with you. I feel like I have to compete like I’m in a love triangle. Do you want me to bring up the situation where you were asleep and she was staring at your vagina naked?”

Say what?!

According to Aubrey, Travis is taking this all out of context. It was just a foot rub and her best friend is not in love with her. In fact, her friend is more like her mom. Okay, shit just got weird.

Later, all the couples were called to the boot camp room and split up. Half of them were taken and made up with bruises and cuts and put in a fake hospital bed on life support so their partner could experience the feeling of loss. Then the surviving partner have to read the last words they said to them in the previous “It’s not me, it’s you” exercise. As one might imagine, these were not kind words.

Kendra had a hard time seeing Hank on his death bed and it made her want to be kinder to her cheater, cheater pumpkin eater husband.

“I don’t want you going with the worst things I’ve said to you,” she said. “I want you to go with the best things I can say to you. And that opened my eyes so much and my heart because that could happen any minute.”

Then Kendra got smart and quickly changed her tune.

“I could be [in the hospital bed] tomorrow,” she cried. “You have to let me go knowing that I know everything about you! Don’t let me go with questions Hank!”

We could ALL die tomorrow not knowing the truth, Hank! Do the right thing, dude. That’s no way for us to go.

Check back in with Popdust next Friday when Kendra learns about an audio recording that Hank’s transsexual model released. Hank is going to REALLY need some life support!

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars revealed the identity of the couples starring in Season 3 a few weeks ago—and they've now teased us with a trailer from the first episode.

The 'celebrity' couples who will be seeking counseling from the experts are Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce, Aubrey O'Day and Travis Garland, Tami Roman and Reggie Youngblood and Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd.

The pairs will be attempting to work through the deep rooted issues in their relationships with the help of experts Jim and Elizabeth Carroll and camp co-directors Isla Norman and David Bishop.  The pack intend to push the reality stars to their limits both physically and emotionally in order to save their relationships.

Here's a quick round up of the problems facing the couples:

The Situation (Jersey Shore) faces jail time for tax fraud and girlfriend Pesce (who appeared with him in The Sorrentinos) worries about this sobriety and whether he's trustworthy.

O'Day (All About Aubrey, Making The Band etc etc) and Garland (American Idol) have both dealt with cheating accusations and have a 'toxic' relationship—Bootcamp is the last resort.

Roman (Basketball Wives) and Youngblood battle a 17-year age gap and the fact that they are at totally different places in their lives.  He wants a family, she has already raised children.

Schroeder and Lloyd (Big Brother), whist appearing perfect to outsiders need to work on their communication (yawn).

Wilkinson and Baskett's (Kendra On Top) issues are well documented.  His alleged infidelity with a model namely. Kendra wants to discover "the truth" so that she can move forward.

Well Marriage Boot Camp is certainly the place to do it. There will be a new 'graveside burial' exercise as well as the good old lie detector test.

We can't wait!

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars premieres on WE TV on May 29.

Keep checking back to Popdust for updates!

Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is in some seriously hot water, after being indicted for tax fraud.

According to the indictment, which was obtained by TMZ, the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s office charges Sorrentino failed to pay the full amount of tax due on his $8.9 million in earnings.

Holy shit! It really pays to be a Guido reality star!

Prosecutors also claim Sorrentino intentionally filed fraudulent tax returns, in a bid to make it appear that he was all paid up.

Sorrentino has been charged with tax evasion—and, his brother, Marc, has been charged with conspiracy to commit tax fraud.

“The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: telling the truth to the IRS is not optional,” prosecutors claim.

The Sorrentinos face a possible three years in jail and a $250,000 fine. Marc Sorrentino also faces an additional year in the slammer and another fine if found guilty of a separate charge on failing to file his income tax return in 2011.

The brothers appeared in court earlier today, protesting their innocence—both were released on $250,000 bond. They are due be arraigned October 6.

Looks like Justin Bieber is using his changing voice as an excuse for acting a little more grown and sexy! First he's admitting to seeing the (R-rated!) friends-with-benefits comedy No Strings Attached with his maybe-girlfriend Selena Gomez, and now he's appearing in an ad with Jersey Shore cad Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, who dubs himself a "profesor" [sic] of pimping in this spot that promotes the (G-rated!) concert flick Justin Bieber: Never Say Never:

The way Bieber laughed at Sitch's outro? My goodness! It's enough to give you the vapors! But don't worry, you can wave them away with this Grammy-produced clip in which he sings a little bit of Tracy Chapman and utters the magic words—"I love you, Mom":

Aww. Aww! We forgive you, Justin. Although we'd also love to know if you counted the 18-year-old Gomez as your "parent or guardian" for your little movie outing last week...