Rapper, actor and sometime Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man pleaded guilty today to a tax evasion charge stemming from years prior, and was sentenced to a conditional discharge at Staten Island Criminal Court. Method Man, real name Clifford Smith, turned himself in last October after he realized he had failed to pay state and personal income taxes from 2004 through 2007. He owed approximately $106,000 in back taxes coupled with interest and penalties, but has now paid that amount back in full.

District Attorney Daniel Donovan tried to take advantage of the moment to make a point about the dangers of not paying your taxes: “Failure to pay your taxes is not a victimless crime. In these days of massive budget shortfalls and service cuts, tax evasion is a crime against all New Yorkers. Whether you are a celebrity or an “Average Joe,” you will be investigated, arrested and prosecuted." But he could have said, much more simply, that if you fail to pay your taxes, the taxman will follow you like a swarm of killer bees!

Method Man joins an illustrious list of NYC tax evaders, including Yankee Tavern owner Joe Bastone, Bernard Kerik, and Bernie Madoff's sons. But really, something tells us Method Man should have seen this coming, what with the cash ruling everything around him and all.