Ja Rule left prison only to return to federal custody, reports Yahoo! News on Feb. 21, 2013. The 36-year-old rapper left Mid-State Correctional Facility in New York Thursday morning after having served most of a two-year sentence for illegal gun possession. However, now he is in federal custody for tax evasion.
According to defense attorney Stacey Richman, the "Pain Is Love" artist may have less than six months left of incarceration and may be eligible for a halfway house. "I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal," Ja Rule told a judge. "I was a young man who made a lot of money — I'm getting a little choked up — I didn't know how to deal with these finances, and I didn't have people to guide me, so I made mistakes." The rapper apparently owes at least $1.1 million in back taxes.
Ja Rule has been getting in legal trouble at least since an incident in Toronto in 2004 where he plead guilty to assault. It has become common to find rappers in trouble with the law, but not paying taxes is one surefire way to get into trouble.
Writes Andrew Lewis in his article "How NOT to Become Another Rapper in Trouble With the IRS,"My speculation is that many entertainers have no clue of how much they are making on a daily or monthly basis. There is a story about Eminem calling his manager before purchasing a Rolex watches that he wanted AFTER selling millions of records, to see if he could afford it. This goes to show you how easily one can lose track of how much money they could be making."
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