Tax trial for 'The Situation' set for December; he and his brother have pleaded not guilty

A judge has scheduled a December trial for a former cast member of MTV's reality show "Jersey Shore" who's facing federal tax charges.

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, appeared in court Thursday in Newark, New Jersey. The judge set their trial for Dec. 2.

They were charged last month with filing bogus tax returns and inflating business expenses to avoid paying taxes on nearly $9 million in income over a three-year period. They have pleaded not guilty.

Mike Sorrentino was initially scheduled for arraignment two weeks ago but was given an extension because he was filming another reality show in Los Angeles.

Sorrentino's attorney told the court he and his fiancee were scheduled to appear on the show "Marriage Boot Camp."