Rapper Ja Rule pleaded guilty on Tuesday (March 22) to failing to file tax returns and promised to pay more than $1 million in back taxes and penalties, the New Jersey District Attorney’s Office said.
Ja Rule, whose original name is Jeffrey Atkins, 35, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to three counts of failing to file a tax return, from 2004 through 2008, even though he was making money from royalties and live tours.
The Grammy-nominated rapper and New Jersey resident agreed to pay the government more than $1.1 million in tax debts, plus penalties imposed by the Internal Revenue Service, according to federal prosecutors.
“Each of us must pay our fair share to keep this country going,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement.
Previously: June 8th — Ja Rule Goes To Prison