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Fat Joe blames 'fancy guys with bow ties' for tax problems

FACING JAIL?: Rapper Fat Joe

NEW YORK rapper Fat Joe has blamed financial advisors for his recent problems with the tax man.

In December 2012, the rapper, real name Joseph Antonio Cartagena, pleaded guilty to tax evasion for failing to pay around $700,000 in income taxes for 2007 and 2008.

“You gotta understand we hire guys who are supposed have Harvard degrees to take care of us,” he said during an interview with MTV RapFix.

“All the time you see artists, the first thing they did to you when you caught money was introduce you to a bunch of fancy guys with bow ties who are gonna take care of your money and all that and then you always see an artist or a celebrity or somebody like that goin’ down for it and these guys never go down for it.”

The Bronx-native is currently facing jail time, but says he is ready to take full responsibility for his actions.

“I can’t really explain that ’cause I got a real court case going on, like facing jail time. But I guess after June 24. Hopefully, it goes well,” he said.

Earlier this month, singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in jail for tax evasion.

The former Fugees star was convicted for failing to pay tax on her $1.8m (£1.2m) earnings between 2005-07.

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