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Posted: March 29, 2018

DMX sentenced to year in prison for tax fraud


By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK —

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff has sentenced rapper DMX to a year in prison for tax evasion.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, had been incarcerated since his bail was revoked in January. The revocation came after  Simmons failed to obey restrictions in which he was able to perform shows and get treatment for drug addiction.

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During the proceeding, his lawyer, Murrary Richman, recounted his childhood, which involved physical and mental abuse. Simmons cried as Richman got choked up speaking about his client’s background. The rapper has had previous run-ins with the law, struggled with drug abuse and completed multiple stints in rehab, including one in 2017.

The New York Times reported that Richman was allowed to play some of Simmons’ music, including his autobiographical 1998 song, “Slippin’” at the sentencing to give the court a sense of who his client is. 

When given the opportunity to address the court, Simmons said, “I never went to the level of tax evasion where I’d sit down and plot ... like a criminal in a comic book.”

Related: Rapper DMX pleads not guilty to $1.7 million tax evasion

On July 13, the 47-year-old rapper was charged with evading income taxes. At the time, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said he participated in a “multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the IRS and to avoid paying $1.7 million of tax liabilities.” Simmons pleaded not guilty to the charges the next day, according to The AP. The New York Times reported he pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud in November.

Although Rakoff was sympathetic to the rapper, he said Simmons had to be punished for the “particularly brazen and blatant” crime, The Times reported.

“In the court’s view Mr. Simmons is a good man, a very far from perfect man,” Judge Rakoff said. “In many ways he is, to give the cliché, his own worst enemy.”


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Rapper DMX pleads not guilty to $1.7 million tax evasion

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Rapper DMX pleads not guilty to $1.7 million tax evasion

UPDATE: July 14: The Associated Press reported that DMX plead not guilty to evading $1.7 million in taxes.  

“It’s allowed me to not be scared of the situation and face it head-on ... My life is in God’s hands,” he told reporters.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Rapper DMX has been charged with tax evasion, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a news release Thursday. 

The 46-year-old musician, known for songs like 1999’s “Party Up  (Up In Here)” and 2003’s “X Gon’ Give It To Ya,” has engaged in a “multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the IRS and to avoid paying $1.7 million of tax liabilities,” according to the Department of Justice.

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DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, turned himself into law enforcement Thursday.

“DMX allegedly went out of his way to evade taxes, including by avoiding personal bank accounts, setting up accounts in others’ names and paying personal expenses largely in cash,” acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said. “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 was paid $125,000 for appearing on “Celebrity Couples Therapy” on VH1 from 2011 to 2012.

According to the indictment, DMX listed his gross income as “unknown” in 2011 and 2012 and as $10,000 in 2013. His gross income for each of those years were $353,000, $542,000 and $250,000, respectively.DMX is being charged with 14 counts. Vulture reported that if he is convicted on all counts and receives the maximum sentence for each, he could spend over 40 years in prison.

A judge will determine the sentence. Simmons will appear Friday in Manhattan federal court before Judge Andrew J. Peck.

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DMX sentenced to year in prison for tax fraud

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DMX sentenced to year in prison for tax fraud

Rapper DMX arrives at United States Court House on November 30, 2017 in New York City. He was sentenced to a year in prison for tax fraud in March 2018. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

DMX checks into rehab after canceling shows

Rapper DMX has checked into rehab, after canceling shows due to a medical emergency, TMZ reports. 

DMX had been performing on the East Coast recently, and clips of what some fans described as DMX ranting during a Brooklyn show on April 22 was posted on social media, according to TMZ

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Instead of performing shows in California, the rapper checked into a rehab center in southern California. DMX has battled addiction issues in the past.

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