Rapper Ja Rule sentenced in tax return case

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2009 file photo, rapper Ja Rule poses for photographers as he arrives to the Fashion Rocks event in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, file) (AP)

July 18, 2011 10:41:55 AM PDT
Rapper and actor Ja Rule has been sentenced in New Jersey to more than two years in prison for failing to file income tax returns.

The platinum-selling rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, turned to look at his wife after a judge read the sentence in a Newark federal courtroom Monday.

He admitted in March that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million that he earned between 2004 and 2006 while he lived in Saddle River.

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.

The majority of the sentences will be served at the same time.