Ja Rule gets 28 months imprisonment on tax charges
A Newark Federal Court awarded 28 months imprisonment to the prominent rapper Jeffrey Atkins, popularly known by his stage name Ja Rule, for failing to pay taxes worth one million dollars.
Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz imposed the sentence on the singer on Monday.
Accountant cautioned him earlier--Joseph Mack
Joseph Mack, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, made an observation in the case saying that the rapper’s accountant had earlier cautioned him of the implications of not filing the tax returns in the country.
Ja Rule, however, denied any such allegations and told the media that he was a mere victim of financial mismanagement and there was nothing intentional in it, which could in any way amount to any kind of crime.
He further added that a lack of sound financial counseling had added to his troubles.
In her sentence report, Patty Shwartz said that, "Taxpayers do not have the luxury of deciding whether to comply with laws.”
The singer-actor reportedly grossed an income of 4.38 million dollars between the year 2004-2008.
In March this year, he pleaded guilty of mismanagement of his tax returns and as part of which he had agreed to pay around 1.1 million dollars to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).
Making it big in show business
Atkins aka Ja Rule, who hails from Saddle River in N.J has made big in the industry.
A high school dropout, Rule went on to become a star from being nobody. It is said that he has contributed huge sums of his income to charity and also helped people of his neighborhood big time.
Ja Rule is a winner of Source Awards, a BET Award, MTV Video Music Awards, a GQ Man of the Year Award and an NAACP Image Award among others and has also been nominated for Grammy Awards.
A father of three kids, Atkins has reportedly been working on his upcoming album.