Mario Winans didn’t give Uncle Sam his fair share, and he’s going to have to pay the consequences. The former Bad Boy recording artist and music producer plead guilty to tax evasion in New Jersey on Thursday (Sept. 29) morning.
Reports Page Six:
R&B artist Mario Winans, 42, copped to two misdemeanor counts of failure to file tax returns before Justice Esther Salas in federal court in Newark.
Winans, who won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance for co-writing his nephew CeCe Winans’ song “Pray,” faces up to two years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 24.
Diddy was featured on the hit song “I Don’t Wanna Know,” which was written by Winans.
Prosecutor Joseph Mack charged that Winans did not pay taxes for income totaling $2.8 million for five straight years from 2008 to 2012. He pleaded guilty to tax years 2008 and 2010.
Winans, who lives in Fort Lee, NJ, owes $434,968 in back taxes.
Both Fat Joe and Lauryn Hill spent time in jail for tax evasion. So don’t expect Winans to walk with just probation when he’s sentenced early next year.
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