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ARTICLES: Ja Rule Gets 2 Years For Not Paying Taxes

Rapper and actor Ja Rule was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison for failing to file income tax returns, and said a combination of youthful inexperience, bad advice and an inability to manage fame and fortune lead to his financial troubles.

“I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal,” he said, minutes before being sentenced in a New Jersey federal court. “I was a young man who made a lot of money – I’m getting a little choked up – I didn’t know how to deal with these finances, and I didn’t have people to guide me, so I made mistakes.”

The multiplatinum-selling artist, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, admitted in March that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million that he earned between 2004 and 2006 while living in Saddle River. Although he pleaded guilty to three counts of unfiled taxes, he admitted he hadn’t filed for five years, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Ja Rule was sentenced in New York City last month to up to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal weapon possession. The case stemmed from a gun found in his car in 2007. Police said they stopped Ja Rule’s $250,000-plus Maybach sports car for speeding and found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in a rear door. The gun wasn’t registered. He was charged under a New York law that generally bars people from having firearms outside their homes or workplaces.

In the federal case, U.S. Magistrate Patty Shwartz in Newark ruled that the majority of his 28-month federal sentence could be served at the same time as the New York state prison sentence.

Depending on his release date for his New York sentence – he could serve as little as 18 months in that case by meeting good behavior requirements and other standards – he could serve from four to 12 months of the federal sentence. The federal time will be served at the Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York, where he is serving the state sentence.

He has also been ordered to pay $1.1 million in unpaid taxes.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mack had asked the judge not to let Ja Rule off with no jail time on the federal charges, saying a message had to be sent.

“The court should impose the same sentence it would impose on someone who is not a celebrity,” Mack said.

Now 35, Ja Rule first emerged as a hardcore rapper in the late 1990s but then became known for his collaborations with female pop singers, including Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti. He scored a best rap album Grammy Award nomination in 2002 with “Pain Is Love” and has sold nearly 20 million albums during his career.

He also has appeared in more than a dozen movies, including the 2001 film “The Fast and the Furious” and 2003′s “Scary Movie 3.”

On Monday, he wore a bright yellow prison jumpsuit and was handcuffed at the wrists. He turned to look at his wife, seated in the courtroom behind him, after the sentence was read. His wife, who was his high school sweetheart, declined to comment after the hearing, saying only that it was a stressful time. The couple have three children and still live in Saddle River.

Ja Rule’s attorney, Stacy Richman, said her client was a talented high-school dropout who had not had the business prowess to handle sudden fame. When his business empire began to crumble, he became paralyzed by fear and inaction, she argued. She added that the Queens, N.Y., native never forgot his roots and made it a point to give back to his community after becoming famous.

In asking the judge for leniency, Ja Rule said he wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.

“My business is very out of sight, out of mind,’” he told the judge. “The longer I’m away, the longer it’ll take me to get back to doing what I need to do to actually pay these taxes.”


SPORTS: Plaxico Burress Plans To Return To The NFL….

The criminal record and locker room issues attached to Plaxico Burress are no reason not to sign him. In a league practically built on second chances, Burress deserves another shot (figuratively speaking). And remember, the only thing seriously hurt in his shooting incident two years ago was his ego. Other second-chance NFL players have committed or been charged with far more destructive crimes.

Burress’ age is a concern — he will be 34 in August — but he still has plenty left to give.

Baltimore or St. Louis might be interested, but Burress donned a Phillies hat upon being released from prison on Monday. Maybe his wardrobe choice was coincidental. More likely it was a message that he’d like to join Michael Vick’s ex-con-a-thon in Philly.

And the Eagles, in need of a big target in the red zone, might just bite.

jomoskowitz@tribune.com

Faces long odds

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

For a team to really want Plaxico Burress, a lot of planets will have to be aligned. The team will have to know Burress well. It will have to be able to get him at a reasonable price. It will need a strong coach who can handle Burress. It should have a veteran team with an established quarterback. And it will have to be able to live with the possibility of Burress being a backup receiver who does not contribute on special teams.
HERE IS WHAT THE EXPERTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT HIS RETURN:

Burress will be 34 soon. He hasn’t played football in two years. He has a history of not always doing what he is expected to do. If he is able to play anywhere near the level he played at prior to his incarceration, he will have beaten long odds.

Most teams, understandably, won’t be interested. He could, however, fit with the Jets.

dpompei@tribune.com

Plenty of questions

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

It’s hard to imagine a 34-year-old receiver who hasn’t played since November 2008 will spark a bidding war, especially when free agency — whenever that happens — will be flush with similar receivers. Terrell Owens will be looking for a new team, as will Randy Moss and Sidney Rice.

Plus, what kind of shape is Burress in? How does he run? What’s his mentality like after his prison term?


Article: Hip-hop artist Cassidy arrested in Hackensack by MERRY FIRSCHEIN


ENSACK — City police arrested a hip-hop artist Saturday who is wanted in Philadelphia, authorities said.

The Philadelphia Police warrant squad called the Hackensack Police Department on Saturday morning to tell officers there was an open warrant for Hackensack resident Barry Reese, also known as the rapper Cassidy, Hackensack police Lt. Timothy Lloyd said.

The warrant was for violating probation, but Reese is also a suspect in a murder and two attempted murders in Philadelphia, Lloyd said.

Philadelphia police knew from a prior investigation that the rapper lived in Hackensack, Lloyd said.

Philadelphia police told their Hackensack counterparts “to consider this person armed and dangerous,” and this was a “high-risk warrant,” Lloyd said.

Officers from the Hackensack Police Emergency Response Team and the police department’s juvenile bureau watched Reese’s home Saturday on Reilly Court, Lloyd said.

Reese left his house about 1:30 p.m. and was followed by police to a local convenience store, Lloyd said.

An undercover ERT officer went in the store and positively identified Reese, he said.

When Reese came out of the store, “the ERT units moved in and conducted a felony motor vehicle stop,” Lloyd said.

Reese “was very surprised,” Lloyd said. The officers who arrested the rapper “did an outstanding job,” he said. “Without the proper teamwork going on, this could have spiraled out of control quickly.”

No one was injured in the arrest, Lloyd said.

Reese, 28, will be brought to the Bergen County Jail Annex to await extradition to Philadelphia, Lloyd said.

Cassidy’s most well-known single is 2005’s “I’m a Hustla,” which reached No. 8 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts.

SOURCE:

http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime_courts/051411_Hip-hop_artist_wanted_in_Philadelphia_is_arrested_in_Hackensack.html


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