Ja Rule admits he failed to pay taxes, may get more jail time
Ja Rule admitted on Tuesday, March 22, that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income and could face more jail time.
The rapper and actor, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, is already set to begin a two-year prison sentence in early June after pleading guilty to attempted criminal criminal possession of a weapon.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 13 on three tax evasion charges and faces up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines on each count, according to the Associated Press, which carried the report.
"S/o to the Feds very cooperative it's not tax evasion it's failure to file and I'm taking care of it case closed #WINNING lol..." Ja Rule said on his Twitter page, referencing a catchphrase recently made popular by Charlie Sheen.
Ja Rule earned the money between 2004 and 2006, the AP said, adding that if plea conditions are met, the government will dismiss two counts against him for unpaid taxes on $1 million he earned in 2007 and 2008.
Ja Ruler pleaded guilty at a New York court in December to attempted criminal criminal possession of a weapon. Police had said they found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in his Maybach sports car in July 2007 following a concert in the city with Lil Wayne, who was detained separately.
In November, Lil Wayne completed an 8-month prison sentence after reaching a plea deal regarding the same case.
Ja Rule is known for songs such as "I'm Real" with Jennifer Lopez and his 2001 album "Pain is Love" was nominated for a Grammy Award. He has also has appeared in films such as "The Fast and the Furious" in 2001 and "Scary Movie 3" in 2003.