DMX Faces Up To 40 Years in Jail Over $1.7 Million Bill From Taxman

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Multi-platinum selling New York rapper DMX – real name Earl Simmons – has been arrested and charged for allegedly engaging in a scheme to hide away millions of dollars from the taxman. According to a statement by Department of Justice and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the rapper was involved in the scheme for a number of years and avoided paying a total of $1.7 million worth of tax.

US attorney Joon H. Kim stated that the rapper accumulated millions of dollars in income from music sales, concerts and television appearances over the years and stopped paying taxes at the peak of his career. “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” said Kim in his statement. “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”.

Following his arrest, the 46 year old rapper was met with 14 counts brought against him including include tax evasion charges to which he pleaded not guilty. He was then released from police custody on a $500,000 bail bond but faces up to 40 years in prison. DMX’s latest legal issues come after the rapper spent six months in jail in 2015 after failing to pay $400,000 to his ex-wife and their four children.