ccused of tax fraud last year, Michael “the situation” Sorrentino hires Newark Lawyer Henry Klingeman to help him move his case forward amidst bankruptcy, debt, and a swiftly dying net worth. His trial was delayed back in September of 2015, when his previous attorney left the case due to Sorrentino’s insufficient funds.
A Conspiracy to Defraud the U.S. Government
The Sorrentino brothers’ case has been ongoing since January 2010; when Mike, and his brother Marc, were indicted on charges that include filing false tax returns and failure to pay taxes on more than $8.9 million income. According to court documents filed between January 2010 and November 2013, the defendants knowingly did conspire to defraud the United States out of income taxes.
Do the Sorrentino Brothers Both Qualify for Free Representation?
Marc, Mike’s brother and a real estate agent, was appointed a free attorney when he used up his savings accounts, according to records cited by The Record. Although his eligibility is questionable, prosecutors claim he has plenty of funding through his income; from well over 134 rental listings in the New York Area alone. Though Marc’s attorney responded that he has made less than $400 in real estate rental commission income and the family’s other business, a tanning salon, is running bankrupt as well.
Mike submitted a financial affidavit for free representation as well, but was denied. U.S. District Judge stated, according to sources, “While certainly [Mike’s] finances may be strained to some degree, I didn’t feel that it was appropriate to assign [representation]. You [will] have to change some things… in your lifestyle… for the payment [of counsel].”
Mike’s Previous Attorney, Richard Sapinski, fled the case when Mike’s savings ran dry, reportedly telling the press that he was a “good guy” and a “nice young man.” Mike’s previous attorney feels that he is undeserving of these charges and the case itself is fraudulent. However, his new attorney, Klingeman has hope for Sorrentino’s case; despite former tax fraud client, Teresa Giudice’s current imprisonment on similar tax fraud charges. Klingeman hopes to move the case forward quickly; though a trial isn’t expected before December of 2015.
The Italian’s Career Line
Staten Island born Italian, Michael Sorrentino has been living the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Mike was a former “Jersey Shore” star, appearing in all six seasons of MTV’s hit series. “Jersey Shore” ironically focused on the lives of a group of rich and powerful Italian kids living at a shore house. Mike has appeared in many TV series since “Jersey Shore’, including ABC’s Suburgatory, Celebrity Big Brother, Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central Roast, Conan, Dancing With The Stars, Lopez tonight, PETA campaigns, Random Talent, Sports Nation, The Choice, The Ellen DeGeneres show, The Howard Stern Show, The Jay Leno Show, and The Tonight Show.
Mike is not without income, his pockets are open to resources such as endorsements from Devotion Vodka, Reebok, an autobiography, a rap song, vitamin lines, a clothing line, and workout DVD’s. He even scored ongoing commissions from Abercrombie and Fitch to not wear their clothing and not be associated with the brand in order to not “cause significant damage to our brand.” In addition to ongoing commission from his TV deputes, Mike has also participated in previous lawsuits. Although he got his start as a gym manager, his real TV career began with underwear modelling shortly after being fired. Mike’s current job includes a management position with MPS entertainment.