Method Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Monday, Jun 28, 2010  |  Updated 6:00 PM EDT
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Method Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Method Man has to pay the tax man.

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Cash really does rule everything around Method Man.

The Staten Island-based rapper has pleaded guilty to a tax evasion charge and made the final $40,000 payment in restitution to New York officials.

The Wu-Tang Clan member, born Clifford Smith, was arrested Oct. 9 on charges he failed to pay state and personal income taxes from 2004 through 2007. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge, which means as long as he stays out of trouble the arrest will be purged from his record.

He owed about $106,000. His attorney, Peter Frankel, says when the star learned of the tax issue he immediately corrected it.

District Attorney Donovan said in a statement "Failure to pay your taxes is not a victimless crime. In these days of massive budget shortfalls and service cuts, tax evasion is a crime against all New Yorkers. Whether you are a celebrity or an "Average Joe," you will be investigated, arrested and prosecuted."

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