Recording artist and performer sentenced for tax fraud

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NEW YORK – Recording artist and performer Earl Simmons, 42, professionally known as “DMX,” was sentenced in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday to one year in prison for tax fraud in connection with evading payment of income taxes in the period from 2010 through 2016.
The Yonkers resident pled guilty last November.
From the income Simmons earned from music recordings and performances from 2002 through 2005, he incurred federal income tax liabilities of some $1.7 million. He did not pay them and in 2005 the IRS began efforts to collect the taxes.
From 2010 through 2015, he earned more than $2.3 million, but Simmons did not file personal income tax returns during that time. Instead, the feds charged that he orchestrated a scheme to evade payment of his outstanding taxes, largely by maintaining a cash lifestyle, avoiding the use of a personal bank account, and using the bank accounts of others, including his business managers, to pay personal expenses.