Ja Rule In Jail Until July, Has To Pay Back $1.1 Million In Back Taxes

Ja Rule In Jail Until July, Has To Pay Back $1.1 Million In Back Taxes

Ja Rule will remain in jail until July to serve time for tax evasion, prison officials in New York said this week.

The platinum-selling artist is in a New York City jail, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced that he will remain there until mid 2013. Ja Rule was released last week from a prison in central New York, where he served most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession, and moved to a federal prison, The Associated Press noted.

Ja Rule is now in jail in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, a facility that houses prisoners with little time left on their sentences or those awaiting trial.

The July release date is a bit of a change from the rapper’s previous hopes. Back in November, the buzz online said that he would be getting free in February. SOHH noted at the time:

“Ja Rule checked in to his current prison term in June of last year, and in just a few more months, he’ll be able to wave goodbye to his cell…hopefully for good! His site has announced that the New York rapper will be released from jail in February of next year, which gives him just 3 months until freedom!”


That three months turned out to be seven, as Ja Rule will remain in jail longer than initially expected to finish his federal charges.

Ja Rule was put in jail after he admitting that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million he earned between 2004 and 2006 when he lived in New Jersey. He said he is anxious to get back to work once he’s free, and for good reason — he’s being ordered to pay back the $1.1 million he owes.