New York prosecutors confirmed that rapper DMX whose real name is Earl Simmons has turned himself in to authorities following federal charges of tax evasion on Thursday.
Apparently, the recording artist has managed to play a fast one on the authorities in a multi-year scheme which he used to hide millions of dollars in income from the public eye. As a result, he now owes $1.7m in taxes.
According to the acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim, DMX raked in millions from his performances, television shows and songs – including the 2003 hit X Gon’ Give it to Ya and didn’t give a dime to the government.
However, he was able to evade paying taxes on his earnings.
DMX pulled this off by “avoiding personal bank accounts, setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash”.
“Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes,” Kim said in a statement. “We will pursue those who deliberately and criminally evade this basic obligation of citizenship.”
Accordingly, the 46-year-old world known rapper known for his deep, rough voice and often violent lyrics will appear in Manhattan federal court on Friday to face the tax fraud charges – 14 counts and failure to file a tax return and corruptly trying to obstruct and impede the administration of IRS laws. If things go the wrong way, the rapper who gained fame in the early nineties may face more than 40 years in prison.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the tax fraud charges looming in the corner, the rapper’s colourful criminal history has been unearthed. Notably, rapper DMX has made the headlines for a lot of wrong reasons in the past. He has been arrested over offences including drug possession, reckless driving, animal cruelty and failing to pay child support.