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Fat Joe

Guilty

of Tax Evasion

12/20/2012 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Rapper Fat Joe -- who's made MILLIONS cranking out hits like "What's Luv" and "Make It Rain" -- just plead guilty to tax evasion ... after failing to pay Uncle Sam a FORTUNE in back taxes.

The 42-year-old rapper -- real name Joseph Cartagena -- was accused of stiffing the federal government out of roughly $700k in income taxes for 2007 and 2008.

Joe -- who appeared in federal court in New Jersey this morning to enter the plea -- was freed on a $250k bond. He's scheduled to be sentenced in April and could get up to two years in prison.

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16.

Barry    

Another irrelevant 2 bit rapper guilty of a crime.Someone tell Harvey to get over his obsessive crush on these dregs of society. TMZ is no longer watchable

618 days ago
17.

redrock64    

It's all illegal drug money anyway!

618 days ago
18.

Dubbz360    

How hard is it to go to freaking hr

618 days ago
19.

Chorizo300    

Don't drop the soap homie!!! The booty bandit is waiting 4 ur Culo !!

618 days ago
20.

ocean views    

I just don't get it. Why in the hell do people think they can get away with not paying taxes?!? All that money they make, they rather buy Bugotti's and other expensive vehicles but wanna skip out on payin uncle sam? Learn from other peoples mistakes!!! But then again, skipping on paying taxes is no mistske. Its stupidity.

618 days ago
21.

Nobody.Puts.Bieber.In.A.Corner    

"When ya up in jai land gotta watch ya back...do the rockaway...and lean back...lean back...lean back...lean back....

...so they don't get your little Joe.

618 days ago
22.

Allupinyourearhole    

LIEN BACK! LIEN BACK!

618 days ago
23.

Fallopia Lopez    

Don't folks like Fat see ALL the other idiots who are getting popped for tax evasion every day and think, "Whoa, maybe I should make sure I'm still OK even though I skipped a year or two of filing when I was rolling...?" No, folks like Fat already spent it all.

618 days ago
24.

KAY    

Lmao@lien back

618 days ago
25.

spokenword    

He'll lose weight on the jail diet at least.

618 days ago
26.

cindy    

aaw, C'mon Fat Joe. Pay your taxes and straighten up.

618 days ago
27.

D-INCARNATION    

His prison sentence should be in proportion to his... size........

618 days ago
28.

lawezana23    

It crazy how these celebrity will bond there self out go all this hell fo to prison but want give uncle sam something to keep them off there azz he could have payed 250k to his taxes

618 days ago
29.

verlinda    

Lol...oh Joe say it ain't so....typical

618 days ago
30.

Kaaka    

Uncle SAM is not playing !! If they can lock up Wesley Snipes; then someone like fat Joe they would put under the prison.

618 days ago
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