The rap icon, aka Earl Simmons turned himself over to law enforcement and will appear in court to face the charges against him. He was arrested for “engaging in a multi-year scheme” to hide his income, and withholding $1.7 million in taxes from earnings he made between 2002 and 2005.
“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,” acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a press release.
“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.”
“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,” Kim continued.
The 46-year-old Ruff Ryder’s frontman attempted to circumvent his obligations by “maintaining a cash lifestyle” and using the bank accounts of associates to pay expenses, according to the release.
According to the IRS, although he earned upwards of hundreds of thousands between 2011 and 2013, he instead claimed his earnings were “unknown” in 2011 and 2012, and stated he made $10,000 in 2013.
X was charged with 14 counts of tax fraud. If convicted, he faces 44 years in federal prison.
Although DMX’s first five albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, he has has a dubious track record outside of hiphop music industry. He’s been arrested for drug possession, DUI, theft, animal cruelty, assault, child support avoidance, weapon possession and more, Billboard reported. In February 2016, he had to be revived by police and medics in a hotel parking lot after an alleged drug overdose. The