As per Northjersey.com Ja Rule whos real name is Jeffrey Bruce Atkins, was sentenced Monday to 28 months in prison for failing to file federal income tax returns over a five-year period.
But in imposing the sentence in federal court in Newark, U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Swartz said the term can run concurrent with a two-year sentence Atkins is currently serving in New York State for a gun possession offense.
Dressed in a yellow prison jumpsuit, his wrists and ankles in shackles, Atkins 35, of Saddle River apologized to the court and said he “in no way attempted to deceive the government.”
“I was a young man who made a lot of money,” he said.
He choked up as he added he didn’t know how to deal with his finances and “didn’t have the best people guiding me. I made mistakes.”
“Things fell on hard times for me. Things kind of spun out of control.”
Atkins pleaded guilty in March to misdemeanor tax charges, admitting he failed to file returns for the years 2004 to 2008 during which he had gross income of $4.38 million.
Under a plea deal, Atkins was allowed to plead guilty to three of five tax counts, covering the years 2004, 2005 and 2006. The remaining charges were dismissed Monday.
As part of his plea, Atkins promised to pay the government $1.1 million in overdue taxes.