Rapper Admits He Didn’t Pay Taxes

NEWARK – Jeffrey Atkins, the rapper popularly known as “Ja Rule,” admitted Tuesday that he did not pay federal taxes for five years, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Atkins, 35, of Saddle River, entered a guilty plea to three counts of failing to file tax returns in Newark federal court.


According court documents and statements made in Newark federal court, Atkins did not pay taxes on income received from music royalties and tour performances from 2004-2008. The loss to the government was estimated at approximately $1.1 million.

“As part of his guilty plea, Atkins has promised to pay the government his outstanding debt of over one million dollars,” Fishman said. “Each of us must pay our fair share to keep this country moving. We will bring federal charges when necessary to ensure the government gets its due.”

Atkins faces a maximum potential penalty of a year in prison on each count, plus applicable fines and court costs. Sentencing is scheduled for June 13.

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