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Just as we said all along: rapper T.I. being sent back to prison had nothing to do with the luxury motor coach that transferred him from the Forrest City federal facility in Arkansas to an Atlanta halfway house last week.

According to CNN (via, which obtained documents from the Bureau of Prisons, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris Jr.) was sent back to the clink after prison officials learned that a VH1 producer and T.I.'s manager were on the bus.

"Such people were not authorized to travel with him in the conditions of his furlough," the report states. "[T.I.] further indicated he was discussing a new reality series and a book with those individuals."

But T.I.'s legal team is adamant that no business was conducted on the bus -- even thought the VH1 producer was present for the ride.

"No such business was conducted during that trip as the incident reports," said T.I.'s co-council Jonathan Leonard.

Also, just as we told you, T.I.'s lead attorney Steve Sadow is now blaming the halfway house officials who "ratted T.I. out" by notifying the feds about the reality TV cameras.

The government's decision had nothing to do with the lavish coach in which the Grammy winner traveled, followed by a fleet of black SUVs containing his entourage.Rather, it was all about the "business" that officials believe the group talked about on the trip—per the terms of his release, such discussions were expressly forbidden.

As a result, federal officers took Harris back into custody soon after he arrived at the halfway house and he remains holed up at a nearby United States penitentiary until the official last day of his sentence on Sept. 29.

T.I.'s Atlanta attorney, Steve Sadow, attempted to throw the media off by claiming T.I. was returned to prison because the bus he rode on was not an authorized mode of transportation. But that explanation made no sense because a tour bus was T.I.'s mode of transportation the last time he left prison in 2009.

Everything would have been fine if VH1 had only waited another 30 days before releasing that statement to the press about a reality show.

The press release caught everyone off guard -- including T.I.'s attorneys and local bloggers who were informed that "absolutely no photography" could be taken of T.I. while he was still in federal custody.

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According to published reports, rapper T.I. was moved to the federal Penitentiary in Atlanta on Thursday, one day after being released from an Arkansas prison where he served 11 months for violating his probation.

The rapper's lawyer Steve Sadow told The Associated Press that the Federal Bureau of Prisons "moved T.I. to a different facility" because of an issue involving the rapper's mode of transportation from Arkansas to Atlanta in a gleaming motor coach.

But back in December 2009, a similar customized tour bus was hired to transport T.I. from the same Arkansas prison where he served seven months on federal weapons charges to a halfway house in Atlanta. So the issue isn't so much the luxury tour bus, but what occurred on board the tour bus that prison officials objected to.

On August 31, 2011 -- the day T.I. was released from that same Arkansas facility into that same halfway house in Atlanta via the same mode of transportation as the last time -- a custom tour bus, an industry veteran reached out to and asked, "Does it make sense that VH1 put out a press release about a reality show before T.I. was even back in Atlanta?"

No, it didn't make any sense. Apparently, it didn't make sense to the feds either.

According to a well-connected source within the legal community in Atlanta, the feds "had no idea" that T.I. was the subject of a reality show.

Don't the feds read

"Cameras were rolling from the minute T.I. was released from an Arkansas prison Wednesday, capturing his journey from AR to the Dismas Charities halfway house in Atlanta."

Also at issue, according to our source, was the fact that "arrangements" had been made between the cable network and a worker at the Dismas Charities halfway house to allow filming of T.I. inside the facility.

But a higher-up at Dismas Charities told TMZ there is “absolutely no way” the facility will allow VH1 to bring cameras INSIDE the halfway house... saying, "no, it is just not going to happen."

There is no word on whether T.I. will remain at the federal prison in Atlanta or be transported back to Arkansas to finish his sentence.

Update I, 9:04 a.m. ET: According to the bureau of prisons website, T.I. is incarcerated at the U.S. federal prison in Atlanta and his new release date is September 29. So it looks like he will do all of his halfway house time locked up.

Update II, 9:09 a.m. ET: spoke with T.I.'s uncle, who reiterated that ... T.I. was not drinking on the bus to Atlanta and showed up to the halfway house sober and on time. The uncle says T.I. "stopped drinking a long time ago."

T.I. stopped drinking about 10 months ago, to be exact...

As I told you in a recent post, rapper T.I. was on house arrest at his posh mansion for the remainder of his sentence.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., was sentenced to one year and a day in an Arkansas prison following a conviction for possessing machine guns and silencers. He served seven months of his sentence before being released to an Atlanta halfway house two days before Christmas.

The AJC quotes T.I.'s attorney Steve Sadow who notes that at the end of the day Friday, T.I.'s house arrest ends and he begins three years on probation. For the next 23 days, he will have to observe a curfew – home by 11 p.m. unless he has a concert, which pushes the deadline back two hours.

“He’s been working,” Sadow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He intends to continue working, which includes being in the [recording] studio and performing concerts."

There are already a couple of official welcome home parties in the works for the rubber band man, including one at the new Vision nightclub, although the paperwork has not been finalized yet. Stay tuned!

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