Ruff Ryders leader DMX has reportedly pleaded guilty to a tax evasion charge and could end up doing serious time as a result. New reports claim Dark Man X faces five years behind bars when he’s sentenced in the coming months.
According to reports, X pleaded guilty this week in New York to federal tax fraud.
The rapper, whose given name is Earl Simmons, owes $1.7 million in taxes and engaged in a multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the Internal Revenue Service. Prosecutors say Simmons raked in millions from his songs, including the 2003 hit “X Gon’ Give it to Ya,” and avoided paying taxes by setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash. (ABC 7 NY)
Breaking: #DMX pleaded guilty today in federal court. #HipHop artist could get five years in prison when sentenced in March. Feds say he hid million$ & didn't pay taxes. In July after his arrest, @DMX told me, he was keeping his head up & thanked fans. pic.twitter.com/QMBtiiD6XJ
— Dean Meminger (@DeanMeminger) November 30, 2017
The rap veteran’s attorney has since addressed the guilty plea.
The rapper’s defense attorney, Murray Richman, said of Simmons, “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.” (ABC News)
Barring any setbacks, X will receive his sentence next year.
Simmons will pay restiution to the I.R.S. as part of the plea deal, and may face a prison sentence of up to five years. According to TMZ, DMZ will report for sentencing on March 29, 2018. “My life is in God’s hands,” the rapper told reporters outside of the courthouse before declining to comment on the charges. (The FADER)