Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rapper Method Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Celebrity and rap star Method Man plead guilty in a New York court yesterday, for failing to pay State income taxes for years 2004 – 2007. After paying the State $106,000 in restitution and penalties, he will not have to go to jail. Read more on the story from E! Online below:

As part of a deal with prosecutors, the 39-year-old hip-hopster, real name Clifford Smith, was sentenced to a conditional discharge, which means he'll avoid jail time after paying approximately $106,000 in restitution, penalties and interest he owed to New York State. The arrest will also be expunged from his record if he stays out of trouble.

Method Man was busted Oct. 5, 2009 for failing to file returns and pay state income tax from 2004 to 2007.

"Failure to pay your taxes is not a victimless crime," said Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan, Jr. "In these days of massive budget shortfalls and service cuts, tax evasion is a crime against all New Yorkers. Whether you are a celebrity or an 'Average Joe,' you will be investigated, arrested and prosecuted."

Judge Alan J. Meyer approved the plea arrangement on Monday. A rep for the How High rapper was unavailable for comment.

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