Ja Rule pleads guilty to tax evasion

Rapper Ja Rule has pleaded guilty to felony charges of tax evasion, and in addition to having to pay over $1 million to the IRS, he will also face up to three years in prison.  Ja Rule failed to file tax returns several times between 2004 and 2008, and failed to pay takes on income totaling more than $3 million.

As if that weren’t enough trouble to be in, Ja Rule is also facing a two-year prison sentence for a weapons charge that he also pleaded guilty to back in December.  He’s due to begin that sentence just a few days before he’ll be sentenced for the tax evasion charges.  So far, 2011 is not shaping up very well for him.

Ja Rule to serve two years in prison

Another rapper is headed to jail soon, this time on charges of felony possession of a weapon. Ja Rule negotiated a plea deal with prosecutors in order to avoid going to trial, as if he had been found guilty of all the charges against him, he was looking at seven years’ incarceration.

As it stands, he’s likely to receive two years at his sentencing in February, and of those two years he’s only likely to serve 16 months, if he behaves himself.  After that, he’ll have to do 18 months of supervised probation, and then it’ll be time for him to have a huge comeback party.