Sunday, 10 December, 2017

DMX Facing Jail Time for Tax Evasion

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Melissa Porter | 01 December, 2017, 09:15

DMX just struck a sweet deal in his tax evasion case, but he's not out of the woods just yet.

DMX, also known as Earl Simmons, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in Manhattan federal court.

The 46-year-old hip-hop artist and actor was arrested last summer. He now faces up to five years in prison, a significant drop from the over forty years he could have been sentenced too previously.

Prosecutors indicted DMX in July on 14 counts but the rapper pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff to a single count.

Rapper DMX, whose given name is Earl Simmons, is seen leaving federal court in August.

The prosecutor said DMX had made a decision to do the right thing and plead guilty and agree to pay his taxes.

Rapper DMX pleaded guilty to tax fraud Thursday, admitting he concealed millions of dollars in revenue to dodge $1.7 million in taxes he'd otherwise owe. To avoid using a bank account, DMX had his associates use their accounts to handle various expenses, according to the indictment. He then he attempted to justify nonpayment by saying the money went to his ex-wife for child support.

In 2015, DMX was one of the many celebrity guest stars to appear as himself on ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat".

When taxes were withheld from the check for the first installment of that fee by the producer, Simmons refused to tape the remainder of the television show until the check was reissued without withholding taxes.

"He faced his responsibility, and he stood to it", said Simmons' lawyer, Murray Richman.

Still, he said: 'I'm responsible. His bail conditions required Simmons to remain in NY, but Rakoff granted him permission to perform in Denver, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Judge Rakoff continued: "When left to themselves to determine what justice is, judges would do a far better job of sentencing and we would not have mass incarceration".