News: Remy Ma's Lawyer Admits To $51K Tax Evasion
Saturday, Jul 11, 2009 4:00PM
Remy Ma's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, has reportedly pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges which stem from 2006 and will be forced to pay over $68,000 to the government.
Fisher admitted to the charges Friday (July 10) afternoon.
Prosecutors say Ivan Fisher admitted Friday that he failed to collect $51,916 in city and state withholding taxes from his law firm employees' wages between April 2006 and September 2008. Fisher, who's 65, agreed in a plea deal to pay $68,517 in taxes, interest and penalties to the state Department of Taxation and another $10,000 in criminal fines. If Fisher violates the plea agreement, he could face up to a year in jail. (WTEN News)
The lawyer previously pleaded guilty to similar charges two decades ago.
In 1989, Fisher pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts stating that he "knowingly and willfully" failed to file his 1982 federal personal income return and failed to pay his estimated federal personal income taxes for 1983 and 1984. (North Country Gazette)
Aside from his legal troubles, Fisher defended Remy Ma in her 2007 shooting case.
Lawyer Ivan Fisher called the shooting, which left Makeda Barnes-Joseph hospitalized, an accident. Fisher claimed Remy Ma (real name: Reminisce Smith) and Barnes-Joseph struggled over the latter's bag when the two argued over missing money after leaving a birthday celebration for a mutual acquaintance. The former Terror Squad star accused Barnes-Joseph of pocketing upward of $3,000 in cash. (MTV)
Remy recently inked a letter to her fans which touched on her time behind bars.
"I rarely listen to the radio because it's sort of depressing," Remy wrote in a letter. "Not being able to record is stressful not because I'm a rapper but because that was my way of venting and expressing myself. So I write a lot! So much that now I have a callous on my finger from holding a pen...Not being able to go somewhere when you want, see your family when you want (on many occasions when you need to), can't use the phone, take a shower, wear clothes, or even eat when you want - super aggravating. Whenever, which is almost everyday I get visits, a lot of kids ask for autographs. It's something that I used to do almost everyday but now it actually feels weird, I really feel like an inmate...Everyone in prison isn't innocent but everyone in prison isn't guilty. So whether you end up here on purpose or by accident, the pain you're feeling is still the same. And I can quote a lot 'gangsters' by saying that 'I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.'" (Global Grind)