Rapper DMX faces five years in jail

Rapper DMX faces five years in jail

The rapper, whose given name is Earl Simmons, owes $1.7 million in taxes and engaged in a multi-year scheme to hide millions of dollars of income from the Internal Revenue Service.

Simmons said that the accounts were held by multiple managers, his ex-wife and one of his children's mothers.

"Today, Simmons made a choice between right or wrong and did the right thing, admitting his guilt, and agreeing to pay his tax liabilities".

They alleged that he earned another $2.3 million between 2010 and 2015 but again did not pay taxes, and even threatened to leave his position on the celebrity reality television series "Couples Therapy" when the payroll department deducted taxes from his checks.

Still, he said: "I'm responsible". Donning a bomber jacket and tan long-sleeved shirt, he replied simply, "Yes".

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"He took responsibility and he stood up to it", his lawyer, Murray Richman, said. "There was no question that he came to rely on other people. but it was his duty".

Sentencing was scheduled for March 29. He later exchanged his house arrest bargain on the condition that he enters into a drug rehabilitation program. It carries a statutory maximum of five years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Authorities said the IRS had been pursuing DMX since at least 2005, when the agency realized he had managed to evade paying $1.7 million in taxes on millions of dollars in income he amassed from 2002 through 2005 as his hip-hop records sold millions.

After getting hit with charges, the rapper was released on $500,000 bond after he pled not guilty.

"I failed to file taxes", Simmons, 46, said to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff. But he allegedly left NY twice without permission - once to go to St. Louis (his attorney has said it was a family emergency) and once to Chicago - and he failed at least four tests for cocaine, marijuana and opiates.