After pleading not guilty to 14 charges of tax fraud, DMX (aka Earl Simmons) stated he was relying on his faith to get him through the troublesome times. “My life is in God’s hands” the rapper stated after spending the night in a New York jail and being released on a $500,000 bond.
Prosecutors claim he avoided at least $1.7 million in taxes between 2002 and 2005, and “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” (according to the indictment).
The once bombastic rapper known simply as “X” was also charged with failing to file tax returns from 2010 through 2015, and filing a false affidavit in United States Bankruptcy Court. If convicted he faces up to 44 years in prison.
One of his first jams came to my mind:
One interesting note is that although the bail agreement stipulated confinement to the New York City area, his lawyer is requesting travel permission to allow for future DMX shows.
Stay tuned for updates..