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Rapper Fat Joe starts prison term

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NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Rap star Fat Joe has reported to federal prison in Florida to serve a 4-month sentence for tax evasion.

An attorney for the performer, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, said his client surrendered yesterday at a federal detention center in Miami.

FAT JOE… pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes on more than US$1 million of income in 2007 and in 2008

Cartagena pleaded guilty in December 2012 to failing to pay taxes on more than $1 million of income in 2007 and in 2008.

The 42-year-old Miami Beach resident was charged in New Jersey because some of the companies he earns money from are incorporated in the state.

The platinum-selling artist once topped the Billboard charts with the hit What’s Luv.

Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told The Associated Press that Cartagena was in positive spirits and looking forward to getting released and back to his family before Christmas.

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