Rapper Mystikal’s Troubles with the Law and Taxes

Rapper Mystikal’s Troubles with the Law and Taxes

Born Michael Lawrence Tyler, Mystikal, is an American rapper and actor. His career began in the early 90s when he signed with Big Boy Records. Later, he signed with No Limit Records, releasing many albums. By the early 2000s, he’d already released four albums, including a single that debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In 2003, his album Tarantula was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album. He was also nominated for the Best Male Rap Solo Performance.

However, also in 2003, his career would hit a snag when he was indicted on extortion and sexual battery charges. Initially, Mystical claimed there was no wrongdoing and the sexual encounter, which also involved his two bodyguards, was consensual. The rapper also accused the woman of stealing $80,000 worth of checks. However, the videotaped attack involving his hairstylist was entered into evidence, leading the rapper to plead guilty.

Sexual Assault, Extortion, and Tax Evasion Charges

Considering Mystical’s prior drug and gun possession arrests, the judge sentenced him to six years in state prison. However, in August 2005, Mystikal would face more troubles when his tax returns for 1998 and 1999 would be investigated. The federal government determined that the rapper committed tax fraud on his 1998 earnings of $824,916 and again in 1999 when he earned $930,953. The Baton Rouge judge ordered him to pay back taxes and penalties on the $271,000 that he tried to cheat from the government. On top of that, he received a one-year sentence, adding to his existing 6-year sentence for sexual assault and extortion.

In August 2006, Mystikal would plead guilty for failing to file tax returns for his 1998 and 1999 earnings. He also agreed to sell his home in Baton Rouge to pay off his debt. Initially, U.S. District Judge James Brady had contemplated handing Mystical a 2-year sentence. Saying, “I don’t know that adding to your incarceration by nine months is going to make that much of a difference. But in the federal system, they’re going to be looking at you closely. If you’re stupid enough or careless enough to get into trouble again, you’re going to be incarcerated for a long time.”

Mystikal was released from the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in January 2010 and headlined at a Mardis Gras concert at Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts a month later. In 2016, the rapper was in trouble with the law yet again after being indicted on first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping charges. Mystical’s tax troubles also wouldn’t be over. The federal government would later investigate taxes owed between 2000-2013. Mystikal denies any responsibility and insists that the management at his record label handled his income tax filings and payments.

Ultimately, Mystikal had his tax issues resolved with the help of tax experts. If you have an IRS issue that has not been resolved,  contact Golden Tax Relief today ! Call 844 299 8936.

Image source: https://hip-hop-music.fandom.com/wiki/Mystikal

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.