Ja Rule might be out of prison, but he isn't a free man yet. The rapper left a New York prison Thursday morning after serving the majority of his sentence for illegal gun possession and headed straight to federal custody in a tax case, The Associated Press reports.
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Ja Rule is waiting at New York's Oneida County Jail to learn from the Federal Bureau of Prisons about where he will serve his sentence for the $1.1 million in back taxes he owes.The "Put It On Me" rapper was arrested in 2007 after police found a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun in his car during a traffic stop. He pleaded guilty in 2010 and was sentenced to two years in prison, most of which he served in Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy.In 2011, Ja Rule was hit with even more jail time — 28-months' worth— when he plead guilty to three counts of failing to pay taxes on the more than $3 million he earned from 2004 to 2006.
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"I, in no way, attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal," Ja Rule told the judge at the time. "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."Before prison, Ja Rule earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album for
Pain Is Love
in 2002 and recorded memorable collaborations with Ashanti
and Jennifer Lopez
. Ja Rule also appeared in The Fast and the Furious
and Scary Movie 3