Mon, Dec 4 09:09 AM |Entertainment

Report: Rap Legend DMX Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion And Faces Multiple Years In Prison

Don’t play games with the IRS, folks. No joke.

After nearly five months, DMX’s exhaustive tax evasion trial has finally wrapped up.

ABC News reports that DMX plead guilty to the tax evasion charges against him, confessing that he engaged in a “multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars” from the government.

“Today, Earl Simmons admitted to systematically cheating on his taxes. By insisting to be paid in cash whenever possible and having royalty payments diverted to the accounts of financial surrogates, Simmons concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars of income from the IRS,” Joon H. Kim (who operates as the acting United States attorney for the Southern District of New York) explained.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office claims that DMX used several surrogate bank accounts in an effort to conceal his true earnings. 

By pleading guilty, he is essentially admitting to keeping approximately $1.7 million hidden away.

Oof.

His lawyer spoke up about the case, saying, “He’s of the opinion that he’s guilty because he didn’t properly supervise his own life. He gave the responsibility of paying his taxes to others but he knows it was his responsibility. He’s owning up to it at this particular point.”

The rapper initially pled not guilty when he was hit with 14 counts of tax evasion. At the time, it was widely speculated that he would face up to 44 years behind bars. 

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Well, he is now facing a maximum of five years in prison. He will also have to pay restitution to the IRS as a part of his pleas deal.

DMX was placed on house arrest in August, after violating the conditions of his bail in relation to his tax-evasion case. He then failed four drug tests. 
He previously reportedly begged the judge to be let off house arrest so that he could support his fifteen children.

Oh and he may have a reality show in the works
Variety reported that a docu-series, tentatively titled “In the Dog House” would follow the rapper as he took charge of executive production by way of his partnership with Kingdom Reign Entertainment, preps his next project and tries to repair his relationships with his many kids.

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