Many Atlanta residents will know the name Fat Joe. The rapper, who has experienced a very successful music career -- excelling in producing music and performing it -- no longer lives up to his name. Fat Joe has gone through a significant weight loss recently and has taken up a role as an advocate against obesity. Fat Joe, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, has even spoken to kids about the dangers of obesity.

A successful, community-oriented man like Cartagena may not be the person you first expect to be hit with serious tax allegations; but it's not like it is impossible either. Just look at some of our recent articles surrounding Lionel Messi and Dionne Warwick.

Fat Joe was at the center of a major tax investigation after the rapper was accused of owing taxes on millions of dollars of income from 2007 to 2010. According to the case against Cartagena, there was $3 million in income during these years that should have brought in more than $700,000 in tax dollars from Cartagena. As a result, Cartagena was sentenced to four months in jail, and he will likely pay restitution for the tax debt case.

Cartagena's story is a cautionary one. There are many people out there who owe taxes to the government, and they know it. But instead of tackling the issue had-on and trying to solve it, they choose to ignore the problem, hoping that it will just go away on its own.

It won't -- but there is a way to solve the problem. Consult an attorney and establish a plan with the government to pay back your tax debt. If you go about the process professionally and punctually, you can avoid significant penalties.

Source: Huffington Post, "Fat Joe Tax Case: Rapper Sentenced To Four Months In Prison," Samantha Harris, June 24, 2013