United states Raper Earl Simmons popularly know as DMX has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff on Wednesday to one year in prison for evading $1.7 million in tax fraud.
The 47-year-old rapper pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud in November saying he wasn’t “like a criminal in a comic book” trying to scheme against the government.
He was found hiding millions of dollars he earned from hit songs, including “X Gon’ Give it to Ya” and “Where the Hood At.”
DMX’ lawyers, Murray and Stacey Richman, asked Rakoff for a sentence of in-patient rehab.
“I knew knows taxes need to be paid and what he did was wrong’Simmons said shortly before Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff handed down his sentence.
“I hired people but I didn’t follow up. I guess I really didn’t put too much concern into it.
“They put me in a situation forcing me to be a man/ When I was just learning to stand without a helping hand,” Simmons raps in the song.”DMX said”.
His lawyer also played part of Simmons’ 1998 song “Slippin’” in the courtroom, describing difficulties he has faced.
He argued in court filings that a difficult upbringing left Simmons unprepared to deal with the responsibility that came with financial success.
The prosecutors Rakoff said,DMX should get 5 years behind bars for tax evasion,but he can’t go unpunished.
Rakoff sentencing papers said , “use this sentencing to send the message to this defendant and others that star power does not entitle someone to a free pass, and individuals cannot shirk the duty to pay their fair share of taxe