Dallasblack.com: Here's Why DMX Has Been Arrested And Currently Facing 44 Years In Prison

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Friday, July 14, 2017 8:39 AM

Here's Why DMX Has Been Arrested And Currently Facing 44 Years In Prison

By: Monya Fleming

Here's Why DMX Has Been Arrested And Currently Facing 44 Years In Prison
DMX has been arrested on 14 counts of tax fraud, after being accused of hiding millions of dollars in earnings. The "X Gon Give It To Ya" rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, will appear in a New York court, facing allegations he owes $1.7 million in taxes.

In addition to being charged over tax evasion and failure to file tax returns, DMX is accused of trying to conceal his true income, telling a bankruptcy court that his income was unknown for the years 2011 and 2012. He reportedly told them he only raked in $10,000 in 2013. 

DMX is being accused of "maintaining a cash lifestyle, avoiding the use of a personal bank account, and using the bank accounts of nominees, including his business managers, to pay personal expenses."

A statement from the justice department described the situation as a "multi-year scheme." If the rapper is found guilty and given the maximum sentence, he could be facing 44 years behind bars.

U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said in a statement, "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. 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."


This isn't the first time DMX has been in legal trouble. The rapper has been arrested for drug and firearm possession, reckless driving, animal cruelty, and failure to pay child support.


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