Method Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
Method Man is owning up to his debt to Uncle Sam, entering a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of attempted failure to pay taxes. Meth, born Clifford Smith, entered the plea in Staten Island Criminal Court today (June 28), paying the last $40,000 of his $106,000 bill. The Wu-Tang member's tax woes date back to 2004 in which he failed to file New York State taxes all the way to 2007.
Last year the 39-year-old turned himself in to the Staten Island DA for the bill which at its highest reached almost $33,000 for one year, not including fees and penalties. Meth escaped jail time by taking care of the tab and was handed down a conditional discharge sentence, meaning he will stay out of jail so long as he stays out of trouble.