DMX Charged With 14 Counts of Tax Fraud and Evasion, Said to Owe $1.7 Million
Stop being greedy
DMX has been arrested and charged with 14 counts of tax fraud for an outstanding tax bill of $1.7 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. DMX surrendered to law enforcement on Thursday and is slated to stand before a judge in a Manhattan federal court today to be formally charged.
“For years, Earl Simmons, the recording artist and performer known as DMX, made millions from his chart-topping songs, concert performances and television shows,” says U.S. attorney Joon H. Kim in a statement. “But while raking in millions from his songs, including his 2003 hit ‘X Gon’ Give it to Ya,’ DMX didn’t give any of it to the IRS.” Corny dig aside, Kim further alleges that DMX took elaborate measure to keep his money out of the government’s hands, including making sizable deposits using the names of various members of his camp and refusing to accept a $125,000 check from VH1 for his participation oi Celebrity Couples Therapy that had already seen tax deductions. In total, the IRS estimates that X withheld over $2 million of his earnings from the IRS between 2010 and 2015.
DMX, now 46, faces 44 years in prison if convicted of all 14 counts. In 2015, he faced similar pressure from the courts—then, it was over child support—but ultimately only spent two months behind bars. “Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes,” stated U.S. attorney Kim.
If DMX is indeed sentenced to prison, he wouldn’t be the rapper who had to do time for tax-related charges—Fat Joe spent four months in jail because of them while Lauryn Hill was incarcerated for three months.