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Fat Joe headed to prison for tax evasion

Rapper Fat Joe performs onstage during MTV's "Total Request Live" at the MTV Times Square Studios Tuesday, March 11, 2008 in New York.    (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Rapper Fat Joe performs onstage during MTV’s “Total Request Live” at the MTV Times Square Studios Tuesday, March 11, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

New York rapper Fat Joe has been sentenced to four months in federal prison this week for failure to file income tax returns on more than $3.3 million in earnings, Reuters reports. Fat Joe, real name Joseph Caratagena pleaded guilty back in December for failure to file with the Internal Revenue Service.

The charge typically comes with a two year federal prison sentence, but the rapper was given a break by U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy Waldor when he made a $718,000 payment toward his back taxes. The judge also took into account Joe’s charitable work that included computer donations to local schools.

Fat Joe’s charges come from failure to file returns for 2007 through 2012, but the charges were reduced to just two years of filings after a plea bargain was accepted. The source of Fat Joe’s income stems from Terror Squad Production Inc. and Miramar Music Touring, a company owned by Fat Joe. The slimmed down MC is ready to pay the Pied Piper, though, saying, “There was a lot going on in the years that I didn’t file my taxes, but it was my responsibility.”

Reuters reports the rapper was also fined $15,000.

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Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.

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