Method Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion - NBC New York

Method Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion



    Method Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
    Method Man has to pay the tax man.

    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."