Dallasblack.com: Report: Judge Sentences A Tearful DMX To Serve Prison Time For Tax Fraud And Must Also Repay Millions To IRS

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Report: Judge Sentences A Tearful DMX To Serve Prison Time For Tax Fraud And Must Also Repay Millions To IRS

By: Monya Fleming

Report: Judge Sentences A Tearful DMX To Serve Prison Time For Tax Fraud And Must Also Repay Millions To IRS
DMX's legal team had hoped the judge would be more understanding of the rapper's legal struggles after hearing his music in court. Sadly, the strategy didn't pay off and DMX must serve a year in jail for tax fraud.

The 47-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has been incarcerated since his bail was revoked in January.

Federal Judge Jed Rakoff granted DMX's request to play his 1998 hit song, "Slippin", during court. The song touched on the rapper's struggles with drugs.

DMX, who previously pled guilty to one count of tax evasion, nodded his head to the beat as the track played during the hearing. 

The judge wasn't swayed by hearing DMX's song though, calling the tax fraud a "brazen and blatant" crime that could not go unpunished. 


Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Cooper also stated that the "Get at Me Dog" rapper engaged in tax fraud for six years after having paid taxes previously.


Prosecutors said the rapper avoided paying taxes for years, going so far as to siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars in music royalties into the bank accounts of his managers, who then gave him cash to pay for his personal expenses.

"This is not a lapse in judgment. This is not a 1-year-old thing," prosecutor Cooper said. "He essentially went off the grid at a certain time."


DMX had a chance to speak during the hearing, telling the judge, "I never went to the level of tax evasion where I'd sit down and plot ... like a criminal in a comic book." 

He did admit that he "wasn't following the rules", adding, "I was in a cloud. I wasn't thinking straight."


The "Party Up" rapper cried during the hearing as his attorney, Murray Richman, told the court about DMX's horrific childhood. 

Richman also became emotional up as he described the physical and psychological abuse that DMX endured as a child. "I've never seen a more horrific background in my life," he said.

Richman pointed out the fact that DMX has been a model prisoner. 

DMX's legal team had hoped to have him released so that his client could support his 15 children and pay back nearly $2.3 million in taxes that are part of a restitution order.


Stacey Richman, referred to DMX as "the American dream." She recalled the New York rapper's rise from his rough childhood to becoming an influential figure. 

Stacey also stated that a woman had called them to reveal one of DMX's songs had previously stopped a homeless woman from committing suicide. 


The judge sentenced DMX to a year in prison, along with three years of supervised release. The sentence is much lighter than the maximum sentence of five years in prison that federal prosecutors requested.


The rapper must also pay back $2 million dollars in the tax fraud case.

The judge admitted that in the court's view DMX "is a good man." He concluded, "In many ways, he's his own worst enemy."


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