DMX Charged With Tax Evasion, Facing 44 Years In Prison

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According to the document of the prosecution, published on Thursday by the services of the federal public prosecutor of Manhattan, DMX has failed to pay $ 1.7 million of income taxes corresponding to the income received between 2002 and 2005.

"For years, Earl Simmons, the recording artist and performer known as DMX, made millions from his chart-topping songs, concert performances and television shows", Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim stated in a news release. The release states that he earned $2.3 million from 2010 to 2015 and never filed taxes, instead choosing to go through great lengths to avoid using his own bank accounts or claim any income, including using the bank accounts of his business managers and keeping cash rather than liquid funds in order to maintain his lifestyle.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper was arrested on charges of tax fraud and owes $1.7 million in taxes over the past few years.

One of the charges carries a maximum sentence of three years and the other charges each carry a maximum sentence of five years.

The records continued, noting that the rapper was paid $125,000 for appearing on a TV show Couples Therapy, but when the cheque came in and saw that tax was withheld, he demanded for a new cheque with full amount, and got it. He will make his first court appearance Friday.

If DMX is convicted on all counts, he faces forty-four years in federal prison.

Times have been hard for DMX, and they look like they're about to get a lot harder.

Docs say DMX listed his income in 2011 and 2012 as "unknown", when he really made $353,000 and $542,000, respectively.

The rap star's arrest record includes charges of animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession, weapons charges and probation violations.

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