Ja Rule remaining in jail for tax case until end of July
Ja Rule will remain in jail until the end of July to serve a sentence for a tax evasion case, federal authorities say.
The 36-year-old rapper was on February 21 released from an upstate New York prison after serving almost two years behind bars for illegal gun possession and was immediately taken back into custody to await word on whether he would serve time for the financial case.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons told the Associated Press on Thursday that he has since been moved from an upstate jail to a jail in Brooklyn, New York that houses prisoners awaiting court dates or having short terms left on their sentences. The group said he is expected to be released on July 28.
Ja Rule served 20 months, in protective custody, after pleading guilty in a 2007 gun possession case. Police said they found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in his car following a concert in the city with Lil Wayne, who spent eight years in prison for his involvement.
In July 2011, Ja Rule was sentenced to an additional 28 months in prison for failing to pay more than $1 million in taxes.
Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffery Atkins, had pleaded guilty to three counts of unfiled taxes and admitted that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million earned between 2004 and 2006 while he lived in New Jersey. Both of his prison sentences were to run concurrently, with the tax conviction adding only five months to his original two years.
"I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal," Ja Rule told a New Jersey federal court last year. "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."
During his time in prison, Ja Rule released his seventh studio album ,"Pain is Love 2," which is his first major record in eight years.
The rapper 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.