Ja Rule, the American rapper, singer, and actor, was reported receiving another 2 years in prison after pleading guilty to a tax evasion case.
Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, was sentenced in New Jersey federal court Monday, July 18, 2011 to a 28-month imprisonment for not paying his taxes amounting to more than $1 million. According to the prosecutors, Ja Rule did not pay taxes from years 2004 to 2008, costing the U.S. government more than $1.1 million.
“Taxpayers do not have the luxury of deciding whether to comply with laws,” U.S. Judge Patty Shwartz said on Monday in delivering the sentence.
This is the second case for the singer. Last year, Ja Rule was also convicted with a weapon possession when authorities discovered a semi-automatic handgun in July of 2007 hidden in his car after the police instructed him to pull over.