The 36-year-old reality TV star pleaded guilty to tax evasion, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Michael Sorrentino admitted that in tax year 2011, he earned taxable income, including some that was paid in cash, and that he took certain actions to hide some of his income to avoid paying the full amount of taxes he owed.
While the charge he pleaded guilty to holds a maximum of five years in prison, his lawyer is hopeful he will not get jail time.
In addition to prison time, the Sorrentino brothers also face a fine of up to $250,000 each.
"Today's pleas are a reminder to all individuals to comply with the tax laws, file honest and accurate returns and pay their fair share", Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman said in a statement. Celebrity status does not provide a free pass from this obligation. In November, MTV confirmed that a reboot featuring the original cast members will air in 2018 titled "Jersey Shore Family Vacation".
Sentencing is scheduled for April 25.
Sorrentino "walked into the Newark court with his girlfriend, Lauren Pesce, and entered his guilty plea as expected".
The two brothers ran the businesses MPS Entertainment LLC and Situation Nation Inc., a nod to Michael Sorrentino's nickname.
Sorrentino rose to fame with the December 2009 premiere of MTV's "Jersey Shore".
And then, only past year they were indicted again on charges of tax evasion and falsifying records. "He deeply regrets his failure to pay his taxes, and has spent the past several years turning his life into something positive".
According to NJ.com, prosecutors did not specify the charges to which the brothers are pleading guilty.
The following year, the Sorrentinos' tax preparer, Gregg Mark, pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent tax returns for them, Forbes reported.
Sorrentino was accused of failing to pay the full tax bill on nearly $9 million in earnings received between 2010 and 2012.
One moment that surprised some in the courtroom was when Klingeman asked the judge for permission for his client to travel to Miami for the upcoming Jersey Shore reunion special.
No date has been set for the "Jersey Shore" reunion yet.