DMX Posts $500,000; Pleads Not Guilty To Tax Charges
(AllHipHop News) Troubled rapper DMX turned himself into New York authorities after he was slapped with multiple federal charges for tax fraud and posted $500,000 bail today (July 14).
The “X Gon' Give It to Ya” hitmaker, real name Earl Simmons, stands accused of engaging in a "multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income" from America's Internal Revenue Service, helping him avoid paying $1.7 million in tax liabilities, according to acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.
"Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes, and together with our partners at the IRS, we will pursue those who deliberately and criminally evade this basic obligation of citizenship," Kim continued in his statement.
The 46-year-old faces 44 years behind bars if convicted on all 14 counts.
He appeared before a federal judge in Manhattan on Friday and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Representatives for DMX have yet to comment on his latest legal woe, which emerges months after he completed a rehab stint in Southern California.
The embattled hip-hop star, a father of 15, has endured multiple stints behind bars in recent years, serving time for reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, theft and drug possession charges, as well as parole violation.
He also previously spent more than two months locked up in his native New York in 2015 after failing to pay child support.