Tax Evasion by Rapper Fat Joe Lands Him Prison Time

Rapper Fat Joe was sentenced to four months in prison for failing to file tax returns on more than $3.3 million in income.

Fat Joe, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to file an income tax return.

“There was a lot going on in the years that I didn’t file my taxes, but it was my responsibility,” he said.

Fat Joe is best known for the song “Lean Back,” and had a well-publicized feud with fellow rapper 50 Cent.

The judge in his tax case could have sentenced Fat Joe to two years in prison. But the judge was lenient in giving a four-month sentence due, in part, to Fat Joe’s payment of $718,000 in back taxes and for his history of charity work. In a letter to the judge, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz described how Fat Joe donated computers to local schools.

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