DMX charged with evading $1.7 million in taxes
Not so good news for DMX. The 46-year-old rapper has been charged with tax evasion in Manhattan federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York. Earl Simmons turned himself over to law enforcement Thursday (July 13th) and will appear in court Friday (July 14th).
Acting USA Kim: While earning millions from hits like ‘X Gon’ Give it to Ya,’ DMX didn’t give any of it to the IRS
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) July 13, 2017
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. U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said,
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.
Simmons has also been accused of filing a false affidavit with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.