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Fat Joe sentenced to four months in prison for tax evasion

Written by FACT Team on Tuesday, June 25 2013

Rapper Fat Joe has been sentenced to four months in prison and fined $15,000 for failing to file tax returns on more than $3.3 million earned between 2007 and 2010.

The 42-year-old rapper, real name Joseph Cartegena, had faced up to two years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges in December, but the magistrate gave him credit for paying $718,000 in back taxes prior to his sentencing and for his charity work.

His lawyers had asked for probation in light of the three-month prison sentence handed to Lauryn Hill last month on similar tax charges.

Last year Joe released ‘Pride N Joy’, a single that managed to squeeze Kanye, Miguel, Jadakiss, Mos Def, DJ Khaled, Roscoe Dash and Busta Rhymes onto the credits – not that you could really pick them out.

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