DMX has been charged with 14 counts of felony tax evasion and is facing a long prison sentence.
Hip hop legend DMX has been charged with 14 counts of tax evasion according to the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York. A court document says DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, concealed and misrepresented his income between 2002 and 2005, and owes $1.7 million to the IRS. Per the indictment, the rapper earned tons of money in the early 2000s stemming from multiple hits like “Party Up (Up In Here)” and “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.”
Prosecutors claim X listed his income in 2011 and 2012 as “unknown,” when he really made $353,000 and $542,000, respectively. In 2013, he reported an income of just $10,000, however according to the feds, he actually earned $250,000 in the year.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim stated, “For years, Earl Simmons, the recording artist and performer known as DMX, made millions from his chart-topping songs, concert performances and television shows. 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. Far from it, DMX allegedly went out of his way to evade taxes, including by avoiding personal bank accounts, setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash.”
“He even allegedly refused to tape the television show ‘Celebrity Couples Therapy’ until a properly issued check he was issued was reissued without withholding any taxes,” Kim continued. “Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes, and together with our partners at the IRS, we will pursue those who deliberately and criminally evade this basic obligation of citizenship.”
DMX faces 44 years in prison if convicted. This is the latest in a long line of trying times in the Ruff Ryders member’s life. Ruff Ryders and X are scheduled to go on a 2017 reunion tour.