Rapper Ja Rule leaves upstate New York federal prison
May 7, 2013 12:30PM
ALBANY, N.Y. — Federal authorities say platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule has left federal prison.
The 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, left a state prison in central New York in February after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession, going straight into federal custody in a tax evasion case.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons says he left a correctional facility in the central Adirondacks on Tuesday, though time remains on his sentence.
The bureau says his release date technically remains July 28, with possible community-based supervision for the balance.
TMZ reports his wife picked him up and he’ll remain in home confinement until then.
He admitted failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million earned between 2004 and 2006. — AP