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Rapper Ja Rule back in prison over tax evasion

March 6, 2013
Posted in Other Tax — Written by Jennifer

The U.S. rapper Ja Rule is reportedly back in prison for tax evasion immediately following a previous sentence for illegal possession of a gun.

The 37-year-old, whose real name is Jeffery Atkins, served most of a two-year sentence in a central New York state prison for illegal gun possession and was released only last week. However, it has now been reported that the platinum-selling rapper has been taken back into federal custody over allegations of tax evasion.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Ja Rule has been moved from an upstate prison to the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn. The centre is used to house prisoners who have short terms left on their sentences or who are awaiting court dates. He is expected to be released at the end of July.

The tax evasion charges are from 2004 to 2006, in which period Ja Rule failed to pay taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is responsible for calculating income tax and processing tax rebate claims as well as chasing up fraud and tax evasion. The rapper reportedly made more than $3 million in this time, but failed to pay taxes of just over $1 million.

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