Ja Rule Sentenced: 2+ Years In Prison For Tax Evasion
Rapper Ja Rule was sentenced in federal court on Monday to 28 months in prison after it was determined that he failed to pay more than $1 million in owed taxes.
Prison isn’t something new for the actor/rapper who’s real name is Jeffrey Atkins, he was already in jail during sentencing, serving a two-year jail sentence on a weapons conviction for carrying a semi-automatic weapon in New York.
According to the U.S Attorney’s Office in New Jersey the jail sentences will be served concurrently.
The rappers sentencing comes after he plead guilty in March to three counts of tax evasion after he failed to file his tax returns from 2004 through 2008.
Speaking at his sentencing U.S Judge Patty Shwartz said:
“Taxpayers do not have the luxury of deciding whether to comply with laws.”
The Grammy winner rapper is expected to release his new album “Pain is Love 2” later this summer while still in prison, perhaps then he can pay off his taxes.