On of the most famous rappers of his day, DMX, has just been arrested. He has been charged with tax evasion and fraud.
If convicted on all accounts he could face 40 or more years in prison. At this time, DMX has not commented on the charges.
According to reports, DMX (Whose real name is Earl Simmons) is suspected of "engaging in a multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the IRS and to avoid paying $1.7 million of tax liabilities." The U.S. Attorney also commented on the case.
"For years, Earl Simmons, the recording artist and performer known as DMX, made millions from his chart-topping songs, concert performances and television shows," Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: "But while raking in millions from his songs, including his 2003 hit 'X Gon' Give it to Ya,' DMX didn't give any of it to the IRS. Far from it, DMX allegedly 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."
DMX is currently facing 14 counts. Some are for corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of Internal Revenue Laws, evasion of payment of income taxes, evasion of assessment of income tax liability and failure to file a U.S. individual income tax return.
DMX has served time in jail before. Most notably for drug possession, theft and dog fighting. He s due in federal court on Friday.
What do you think about this? Do you think he will end up going for all 40 years?