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January 3, 1989 |
Rising 10 stories next to the Hollywood Freeway, the sleek, stucco-and-glass building looks more like a backdrop for television's "L.A. Law" than a prison designed to house some of the most notorious criminal suspects in Southern California. Kevin Mitnick, the 25-year-old computer genius accused of breaking into university and corporate computers from Los Angeles to Leeds, England, now calls it home.
May 7, 2013 |
Ja Rule took another step Tuesday toward life as a free man when he was released from a federal prison in upstate New York and headed home to begin home confinement for the balance of his sentence. The rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, was picked up around 10 a.m. by his wife, who drove him straight home, a source told TMZ . According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, his release date remains July 28. The 37-year-old will serve out his federal time in federally monitored home confinement, his rep told MTV in a statement.
August 26, 2013 |
Rapper Fat Joe turned himself in Monday to serve a four-month prison sentence stemming for tax evasion. The "Lean Back" rapper, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, surrendered Monday, his attorney told Associated Press. The 42-year-old pleaded guilty in December after failing to pay income taxes in 2007 and 2008 on income that totaled more than $1 million. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots He is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, according to TMZ, and will have to pay a $15,000 fine and serve an additional year under supervised release.
July 8, 2013 |
Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month jail sentence Monday after pleading guilty last year to not paying approximately $1 million in taxes. The singer and rapper, best known as a member of the Fugees, reported to the federal prison in Danbury, Conn., according to the Associated Press , which quoted a Bureau of Prisons spokesman. Following the completion of her stint there, she's to spend an additional three months under home confinement, the AP said. Hill was sentenced in May, the result of leaving taxes on earnings of over $2 million unpaid from 2005 to 2009.
March 15, 2012 |
With a final wave from the parking lot, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked into the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., on Thursday and began serving his sentence of 14 years in prison for his conviction on corruption charges. Blagojevich did not go gently into what is expected to be years out of the limelight he once inhabited so fully. Every step -- beginning with the morning's departure from his Chicago home, to the flight, to an unexpected stop for lunch -- was fully documented by local reporters who have long feasted on the charismatic politician.
April 18, 2013 |
A member of the LulzSec hacker group was sentence to a year in federal prison Thursday as a result of his involvement with a cyberattack in 2011. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ordered Cody Andrew Kretsinger, a 25-year-old Decatur, Ill., resident to also serve a year of home detention after he completes his time in prison. He will also be required to perform 1,000 hours of community service and pay more than $605,000 in restitution. Kretsinger, who went by the name of "recursion" during his days with LulzSec, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer in connection with the hacker group's attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems in May and June 2011.