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Rapper Ja Rule leaves upstate New York federal prison

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



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