Method Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion, Avoids Jail Time

Method Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion, Avoids Jail Time
As previously reported, Method Man was charged with tax evasion last year, reportedly owing the U.S. government nearly $33,000. Now, the trial is over and Method Man (real name Clifford Smith) has managed to avoid jail time.

As Reuters reports, Smith plead guilty yesterday (June 28) in Staten Island Criminal Court, admitting that he failed to file taxes for the years 2004 to 2007. In order to keep himself out of jail, he paid $106,000 in back taxes, penalties, fines and interests, and he was given a conditional discharge. The crime is a misdemeanour, and E! points out that it will be erased from his record so long as he doesn't offend again.

If you're feeling generous and want to help Smith foot his legal bill, start by purchasing a copy of Wu-Massacre, his recent collaboration with Ghostface Killah and Raekwon.