Rapper DMX, who’s real name is Earl Simmons, has turned himself in to authorities this week. According to New York prosecutors, the rapper was wanted on federal charges of tax fraud and owes $1.7 million in taxes.
According to Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim, the 46-year old rapper has allegedly been hiding millions of dollars in income from his performances, television shows, and gigs. Joon has alleged that DMX has been “avoiding personal bank accounts, setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash.”
“Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes,” Kim commented. “We will pursue those who deliberately and criminally evade this basic obligation of citizenship.”
DMX has been charged with 14 counts and is facing up to 40 years in prison. The “X Gon’ Give it to Ya” singer is due to appear in Manhattan federal court on Friday.
Following his arrest the 46-year-old — known for his deep, rough voice and often dark or violent lyrics — is due to appear Friday in Manhattan federal court.