The popular rap singer Ja Rule was slapped with a jail term of two years and four months for failing to file his taxes with the Internal Revenue Service.

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, was sentenced in a federal court in Newark, N.J., on Monday. The 35-year-old hip-hop performer had previously pled guilty to three counts (see Ja Rule Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges). U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz imposed a 28-month sentence on him. “Taxpayers do not have the luxury of deciding whether to comply with laws,” she said.

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