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Ja Rule 'pleads guilty to tax evasion'

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Ja Rule has pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion.

The US Attorney's Office in the District of New Jersey revealed that the rapper - born Jeffrey Atkins - admitted that he neglected to file taxes for five years during a court appearance in Newark earlier this week, reports Reuters.

He is said to have agreed to repay an estimated $1,137,912 (£696,081) in owed cash earned from music royalties and several tours between 2004 and 2008 as well as additional penalties as part of a plea bargain.

"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," said US Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Atkins remains free after posting $500,000 (£306,000) bail. A hearing in the case is set for June 13.

He will begin a two-year prison sentence in June, which he received as a result of a guilty plea he entered on weapons possession charges.

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