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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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46.

Luvinterest    

I guess he'll be collaborating with Akon on Convict Music II.

669 days ago
47.

Ave Joe    

OWes Back taxes Since 2007 & 2008? And worth over $700k?

What took IRS So Long?
I get letters 90 days if I'm Late In Filing my Returns, don't you?

I know, IRS will claim How OVER WORKED and UNDER STAFFED They are .. Typical Excuse..

But ever since Computers? They should need LESS People, should they Not?

669 days ago
48.

orteilos flugante    

did he a run a LLC and flash mob out of his apt?

669 days ago
49.

orteilos flugante    

did he haze me for the moobostass

669 days ago
50.

orteilos flugante    

did he run a non lic LLC online fort dost timmy zzz

669 days ago
51.

kim    

Sorry fat Joe...jail anit no joke...

669 days ago
52.

john johnson    

so, let me get this straight....he stiffed the govt out of 700k, and during the trial, he gets bonded out of jail for 250k... my arithmetic says somewhere along the line, he was able to pay down on this debt.paying taxes is like going to see the doctor, you may not like to do it, but it helps you out in the end.

665 days ago
53.

Michael Flathers    

WOW. John Kerry the new sect. of state did same thing

665 days ago
54.

jiveturkey    

Wesley Snipes likes this.

665 days ago
55.

Carolyn    

GAG! But, I give myself

665 days ago
56.

Major    

No sympathy. Many good artists have done this to themselves. You must play by the rules. Wait until next year, folks.

665 days ago
57.

Major    

No sympathy. Many good artists have done this to themselves. You must play by the rules. Wait until next year, folks.

665 days ago
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