Things aren’t looking too good for DMX.
Nearly three months after reportedly checking into rehab, the 46-year-old is now facing 14 counts of tax evasion. He surrendered to federal authorities Thursday and is scheduled to appear in federal court Friday in Manhattan.
According to Billboard, the rapper has been accused of concealing millions of dollars of income from the IRS to avoid paying $1.7 million in taxes. Joon Kim, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, released a statement outlining DMX's “multi-year scheme.”
“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,” Kim wrote. “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.”
Prosecutors also accused DMX of providing false information on bankruptcy court documents. He allegedly listed his 2011 and 2012 earnings as "unknown,” and listed his 2013 income as $10,000; it was later revealed he had earned hundreds of thousands of dollars each of those years.
The indictment also states the rapper refused to film the reality show Celebrity Couples Therapy until he was reissued a $125,000 check that had no withholding taxes.
“Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes,” Kim wrote, “and together with our partners at the IRS, we will pursue those who deliberately and criminally evade this basic obligation of citizenship.”
If convicted, DMX could face up to 44 years in federal prison.