DMX has been arrested in New York on federal tax fraud charges. Prosecutors say the rapper, whose given name is Earl Simmons, owes $1.7 million in taxes and has engaged in a multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the IRS.
“Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement. “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.”
In total, the rapper is facing 14 counts of tax evasion, failure to file a tax return and corruptly trying to obstruct and impede the administration of IRS laws. He surrendered to law enforcement on Thursday, with a Manhattan federal court date to follow Friday.
A statement for the justice department described it as a “multi-year scheme”. If found guilty and given the maximum sentence for each count, he would be imprisoned for 44 years.
Ref: The Guardian