Veteran rapper DMX (real name Earl Simmons) has been charged with 14 counts of tax evasion (which could add up to decades in prison), according to the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York. A court document says DMX concealed his income between 2002 and 2005, and owes $1.7 million to the IRS. According to the indictment, the veteran rapper earned bundles of money in the early 2000s stemming from multiple hits like “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.”
Prosecutors allege he listed his income in 2011 and 2012 as “unknown,” when he actually made $353,000 and $542,000, respectively. In 2013, he reported an income of $10,000, but according to the feds, he actually earned $250,000 that year.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said, “For years, Earl Simmons, the recording artist and performer known as DMX, made millions from his chart-topping songs, concert performances and television shows. But 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. Far from it, 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,” Kim continued. “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.”
DMX faces 44 years in prison if he’s convicted. This is presumably another trying time in the rapper’s life. At a Ruff Ryders reunion concert in April, he appeared out of it as he rambled about “bitches he fucked.” He’s also battled addiction for years.