Rapper Sentenced In Tax Case

NEWARK, N.J. (June 24, 2013)--Rap star "Fat Joe" was sentenced Monday after admitting that he failed to file federal income taxes.

The platinum-selling rapper, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, was sentenced to four months in prison Monday.

He apologized to his family and supporters before being sentenced Monday in federal court in Newark.

He pleaded guilty in December 2012 to failing to pay taxes on more than $1 million of income in 2007 and in 2008.

Federal prosecutors were asking the judge to take into account the government's initial allegation that Cartagena failed to taxes on more than $3 million in income for years 2007 through 2010, an estimated tax loss to the government of $718,038.

The rapper, who’s a Miami Beach resident, was prosecuted in New Jersey because some of the companies he earns money from are incorporated in Somerville.

Cartagena once topped the Billboard charts with the hit "What's Luv."


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