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Rapper Ja Rule Sentenced To 28 Months For Tax Evasion
Posted on Tue Jul 19, 2011 09:29 AM PDT

jarule071811_230.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Ja Rule has been sentenced to two years behind bars for failing to pay taxes for three years.

The rapper, whose real name is Jeremy Atkins, is already in prison. He began a two year sentence in June related to an attempted gun possession charge from 2007.

The Scary Movie 3 star, 35, is currently serving time for his weapon -related crime at the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, NY. The majority of this new federal jail time will be served at the same time as his New York state imprisonment.

After he serves his New York sentence, which could be just 18 months based on good behavior, he will then serve the additional four to 12 months of the federal sentence.

Ja Rule said the following:

    "I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal. I was a young man who made a lot of money - I'm getting a little choked up - I didn't know how to deal with these finances, and I didn't have people to guide me, so I made mistakes."

The rapper's attorney, Stacey Richman, is glad Rule wasn't sentenced based on his fame. Richman tells MTV News:

    "We were all very concerned about what the potentials were, and we think that the outcome was very fair and that the court took him into account as an individual, and we appreciate that tremendously."

In July 2007, Rule was pulled over after a concert in New York, and police found an unlicensed, loaded, semiautomatic weapon in his car. The rapper pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2010, then turned himself in on June 8 to start serving his sentence. Then this past March, the rapper/actor admitted that he failed to file tax returns for five years but will only face the consequences for three.

In addition to the prison time, Rule must pay $1.1 million in back taxes for the $3 million he earned from 2004-2006.


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