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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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1.

Jamie    

Just make him pay the money!!! Send him off to prison so the taxpayers can pay for 2 years of his life isn't going to make up for all the people who DID pay their taxes and carried the burden while this fat bustard sat on his hind quarters and laughed at the government. Why do celebrities think they don't have to pay taxes like everyone else?? Makes me puke!

622 days ago
2.

kronenburg    

An obscure rapper guilty of a crime? Stop the presses.

622 days ago
3.

Food$tamp    

Also guilty of stealing millions of dollars from fans who bought his last album.

622 days ago
4.

Gridiron    

He evaded allowing the government to steal his money.

622 days ago
5.

tgrfan42069    

funny how all these actors and singers who support obama and his tax hikes do not pay taxes

622 days ago
6.

CLINT    

Word of advice to celebrities who would rather flaunt their wealth than pay their taxes, Take care of business first, then party.

622 days ago
7.

KicksandGiggles    

I think I sprained a knee dropping to the floor begging the Tax Gods to put his well nourished azz in jail. If we can pay our taxes on the little we earn, his fat azz can do the same!

622 days ago
8.

Trecee    

Should've kept your money from your one hit wonder.

622 days ago
9.

drgnFlyWlf10    

Haha sucka, you ain't bad now

622 days ago
10.

Throwback kid    

If they ever do a movie on the life of Joe Jackson they should get Fat Joe to play him. I don't know who could play Latoya though, maybe Ru Paul?

622 days ago
11.

Rich     

Say it isn't SO...Another rap crap trying to stiff Uncle Sam...lol Be honest, they are all worthless, untalented idiots.

622 days ago
12.

bernergirl    

Does he call himself Fat Joe for the same reason Fat Amy calls herself Fat Amy in the movie Pitch Perfect?

622 days ago
13.

Obamais still aracist    

wow how many of these rappers cant pay their bills,its like they still think they are on their moms welfare,
and how they liking Obama who wants to tax the heck out of them

622 days ago
14.

lolurdumb    

He owes $700,000 but got out in $250,000 bond.... dude if ya woulda payed ur taxes, nevermind .... dumbass'

622 days ago
15.

pimpc    

Haha. That's good for him. "fat joe"... fat ass

622 days ago
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