DMX is in the headlines yet again. This time it seems to be pretty serious, and the Ruff Ryders rapper may be going away for quite some time. That’s right DMX has pissed of the IRS, and is being accused of tax evasion. The New York born rapper has been charged with 14 counts of tax evasion. If DMX is found guilty of the charges, he could be in prison for up to 44 years.
According to TMZ,
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in NYC says DMX has concealed his income for several years and is now about $1.7 million in the red to the IRS. According to the indictment, X had cash pouring in during the early 2000s from a slew of hits. The feds even name checked “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” in the docs.
They say he was avoiding using any personal bank accounts, and using accounts of surrogates — including business managers — and lived mostly on cash. According to the docs, when DMX appeared on “Celebrity Couples Therapy” he was supposed to be paid $125,000 — but when he got his initial check the proper taxes had been withheld … which didn’t sit well with him. The feds say he went back to producers and demanded a new check for the full amount … which he got.
In the indictment, prosecutors say he listed his income in 2011 and 2012 as “unknown” … when in reality he’d made $353k and $542k, respectively. In 2013, he finally did report income … of $10k. That number was a little off, according to feds, who say he actually hauled in $250k that year.
If DMX is convicted on all 14 counts, he’s looking at 44 years in federal lockup.
Hopefully, things will work out for DMX.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think 44 years for tax evasion is harsh? Let me know in the comments.
By Ronda Brooks