DMX Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

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DMX pleaded guilty to tax evasion on Thursday. The rapper admitted that he used several bank accounts and cash payments to hide his true income from the IRS. ABC News reports that prosecutors said that this “multi-year scheme” hid “millions of dollars” from the organization.

“Today, Earl Simmons admitted to systematically cheating on his taxes. By insisting to be paid in cash whenever possible and having royalty payments diverted to the accounts of financial surrogates, Simmons concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars of income from the IRS,” said Joon H. Kim, acting United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, according to ABC.

Though Kim made it clear that Simmons broke the law, he said that DMX opted to do the right thing by agreeing to a guilty plea.

“Simmons made a choice between ‘Right or Wrong,’ and did the right thing, admitting his guilt, and agreeing to pay his tax liabilities,” he said. “No matter who you are or whatever fame you may have achieved, the law applies equally to all, and no one is exempt from the shared obligation to pay our taxes.”

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