Rapper pleads guilty to tax evasion
NEWARK, N.J. — The rap artist “Fat Joe” pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to pay taxes on nearly $3 million in income he earned over two years for performances and music royalties.
The platinum-selling artist, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, was once a Billboard charttopper with hits like the duet “What’s Luv” with the R&B singer Ashanti.
The 42year-old Miami Beach, Fla., resident entered pleas to two counts covering years 2007 and 2008. Federal prosecutors said the total tax loss to the government for 2007 to 2010 was $718,038.