Rapper DMX arrested for tax fraud

Virginia Carter
July 18, 2017

Simmons cooperated with the police as they took him into custody and was immediately scheduled for Manhattan federal court before Judge Andrew J. Peck. Prosecutors say the rapper, whose given name is Earl Simmons, owes $1.7 million in taxes and has engaged in a multi-year scheme to hide millions of dollars of income from the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS Special Agent James D. Robnett noted that "Mr. Simmons alleges various tax crimes, including that he failed to file personal tax returns for several years and did not pay his fair share of taxes". "We are all under obligation to be responsible, but at the same time, can we really believe that he was plotting to subvert justice while others were there to assist him?"

"It's allowed me to not be scared of the situation and face it head-on, you know what I'm saying?" the multi-platinum hip-hop artist, who's real name is Earl Simmons, told reporters. Under terms of his bail, he can't leave the city and must submit to drug testing.

On Monday, just a few days after he had been charged with 14 counts of tax evasion for allegedly failing to pay $1.7 million in taxes, DMX delivered an impromptu (?) freestyle verse mere moments after walking out of a Manhattan courthouse.

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Duterte later apologized, saying he had "no intention of disrespecting women and those who have been victims of this frightful crime".

Aside from recording hit songs, often with lyrics rooted in rage and violence, Simmons has starred in such films as the 1998 crime drama "Belly", the 2000 action movie "Romeo Must Die" and the 2003 heist film "Cradle 2 The Grave".

The $1.7 million is comprised of taxes owed from 2002 to 2005.

According to the indictment, Simmons also refused to continue taping the VH1 television show "Celebrity Couples Therapy" until he was reissued a check that didn't withhold taxes.

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