Ja Rule Sentenced in Tax Evasion Case
Rapper Ja Rule was sentenced in New Jersey on Monday to more than two years in prison for failing to file tax returns to the IRS.
Already doing state time for gun possession, Ja Rule, whose legal name is Jeffrey Atkins, admitted in March that he failed to pay taxes on the more than $3 million he earned for the years 2004-2006.
"I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal," Atkins said in court before his sentencing, according to the AP. “I didn't know how to deal with these finances, and I didn't have people to guide me, so I made mistakes."
In June 2011, the platinum-selling rapper was sentenced to up to two years in prison for attempted criminal weapon possession. The majority of the sentences will be served at the same time.
The additional federal time will be served at New York’s Oneida Correctional Facility, where he is serving the state sentence.