Rapper Fat Joe will serve four months in prison this fall for failing to pay more than $1 million in federal income taxes. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy Waldor issued the sentence today in a Newark federal court, together with a fine of $15,000.
It could have been much worse for the 42 year old rapper, whose real name is Joseph Antonio Cartagena. Cartagena had faced up to two years in prison and a $200,000 fine after he pleaded guilty in December to tax charges involving nearly $3 million of income; he has since repaid some of that money. The initial charges against him were for the years 2007 through 2010. With the plea, he admitted to failing to federal income file tax returns for 2007 and 2008.