MTV reality star Mike Sorrentino is facing up to nine years in federal prison after allegedly failing to pay full taxes on earnings of $8.9 million (£5.56 million).

The Jersey Shore regular, aka The Situation, was indicted on the tax evasion charges on Wednesday (24Sep14) by the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey.

Prosecutors claim Sorrentino intentionally filed fraudulent paperwork to hide his debts to America's Internal Revenue Service over the last four years.

Both he and his brother, Marc, are facing seven accusations of conspiracy to defraud, filing false tax returns and failing to file taxes.

The Sorrentinos are expected to surrender to police later on Wednesday.