American rapper DMX engaged in a multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the U.S. government and avoid paying $1.7 million in taxes, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.
The 46-year-old recording artist, performer, and actor, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of tax evasion and other related charges and was due to be arraigned in federal court in Manhattan on Friday, federal prosecutors said.
“While earning millions from hits like ‘X Gon’ Give it to Ya,’ DMX didn’t give any of it to the IRS,” Joon Kim, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, tweeted.
Simmons’ albums, which include “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” and “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” feature song lyrics rife with violence and rage. He has also starred in the movies “Romeo Must Die” and “Cradle 2 The Grave.”
According to an indictment unsealed on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, Simmons was charged with tax evasion, evasion of assessment of income tax liability, corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the due administration of IRS laws, and the failure to file a U.S. individual income tax return.
A lawyer for Simmons, Murray Richman, said by phone that Simmons plans to enter a not guilty plea at his arraignment on Friday.
If convicted, Simmons faces a maximum of 44 years in prison on each of the charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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