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Rapper DMX faces five years after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges

December 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Rapper DMX faces five years after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges

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Rapper DMX pleaded guilty to tax fraud Thursday, admitting he concealed millions of dollars in revenue to dodge $1.7 million in taxes he’d otherwise owe.

DMX, also known as Earl Simmons, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in Manhattan federal court.

Judge Jed Rakoff set sentencing for March 29, though the date is likely to be postponed as DMX continues rehabilitation for drug and alcohol issues.

The 46-year-old hip-hop star and actor was arrested last summer.

The rapper whose given name is Earl Simmons pleaded guilty to tax fraud on Thursday and faced up to five years in prison.

In a release, acting US Attorney Joon Kim said DMX evaded the Internal Revenue Service by insisting to be paid in cash whenever possible and by having royalty payments diverted to the accounts of others, including managers.

Kim said the IRS had been pursuing DMX since at least 2005, when feds realized he had managed to evade paying $1.7 million in taxes on millions of dollars in income earned from 2002 through 2005 as his hip-hop records sold millions.

Kim said Simmons was ‘systematically cheating on his taxes.’

The prosecutor said DMX had decided to do the right thing and plead guilty and agree to pay his taxes.

‘No matter who you are or whatever fame you may have achieved, the law applies equally to all, and no one is exempt from the shared obligation to pay our taxes,’ Kim said.

Prosecutors said in a release that DMX also did not file tax returns from 2010 through 2015, when he evaded paying taxes by maintaining a cash lifestyle, avoiding use of a personal bank account and paying bills through money put in the bank accounts of others.

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