Rapper 'Fat Joe' Admits Tax Evasion
He faces up to 2 years in prison over about $700,000
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 20, 2012 3:51 PM CST
"Fat Joe," left, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, leaves court with his attorney Jeffrey Lichtman in Newark N.J., Thursday.   (Samantha Henry)

(Newser) – The rap artist "Fat Joe" pleaded guilty today to failing to pay taxes on nearly $3 million in income he earned over two years for performances and music royalties. The platinum-selling artist, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, was once a Billboard chart topper with hits like the duet "What's Luv" with the R&B singer Ashanti. Cartagena entered the plea in federal court in Newark because some of the companies he earned money from are incorporated in New Jersey.

The 42-year-old Miami Beach resident entered pleas to two counts covering years 2007 and 2008. His sentencing will take into consideration the government's initial allegation that he failed to pay income taxes for years 2007 through 2010. Federal prosecutors said the total tax loss to the government for those four years was $718,038. Fat Joe (who is much slimmer now than in his heyday) could face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $200,000, plus penalties from the Internal Revenue Service.

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Dec 21, 2012 6:59 AM CST
All these Rappers and their troubles with the laws, makes Heavy Metal seem tame.
Dec 21, 2012 1:30 AM CST
I guess FatJoe, and Willie Nelson, do have something in common?
Dec 20, 2012 8:51 PM CST
So his CPA made an error or two. Let Joe pay the back Taxes that the IRS says is due and owing, and move on. What is prison for???! Joe needs to be out of prison and working to pay the back Taxes and Fines, and earning more money to pay more taxes in the future. . What is the purpose of prison time in addition to paying the IRS back Taxes, Interest, penalties and fines ? Prison time for failure to pay Taxes is unconstitutional.