Ja-Rule Has Apparently Never Heard Of MC Hammer Or Wesley Snipes

Posted: July 18 @ 3:00pm by 610 in Bolivian
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[NJ.com] A federal judge this morning sentenced the rapper and movie actor “Ja Rule,” a Saddle River resident, to 28 months in prison on three misdemeanor charges of failure to file his taxes. The sentence also required the rapper to pay back more than $1.1 million to the Internal Revenue Service. “Ja Rule,” whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, had pleaded guilty in March to three counts of failure to file federal tax returns. Authorities said Atkins, 35, had earned more than $4 million from 2004 to 2008, but rather than file the tax returns, he asked for extensions. Authorities added that Atkins never paid the taxes even after the extensions — which he requested in four of the five years — had expired. “I want to say I’m sorry,” he told Judge Shwartz, as a Newark courtroom packed with summer legal interns and others watched in silence. “I in no way attempted to deceive the government.” He added, “I was a young man who made a lot of money.” And, he said, “I didn’t actually know how to deal with these finances … [and] I didn’t have the best people guide me.” But federal prosecutor Joseph G. Mack argued that Atkins’ own accountant had warned him that failing to pay his taxes would be a crime. And Judge Shwartz noted the accountants’ advice to Atkins, just moments before she handed down her sentence.

Wait a minute.  Ja Rule only made $4 mil from ’04-’08?  Was “Holla Holla”  that long ago?  “Put It On Me”  too?  Where has the time gone?  I remember the beef between Ja & 50 like it was yesterday. Anyway I’m not sure how a frail, mousy-looking dude who sounds like the Cookie Monster will fare in the clink but my guess is he’s wishing more than anything he listened to his Jewcountant right about now…

- thanks Jim

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