A rapper with a long string of legal issues is in trouble again, this time in connection with tax fraud charges. The AP reports that rapper, record producer and actor Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX, was arrested Thursday in New York.
“Prosecutors say the rapper owes $1.7 million in taxes and has engaged in a multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the Internal Revenue Service,” the AP reports. “Prosecutors say Simmons raked in millions from his songs, including the 2003 hit ‘X Gon’ Give it to Ya,’ and avoided paying taxes by setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash.”
Simmons, 46, a native of Yonkers, was scheduled to appear in federal court today in Manhattan.
Simmons has a history of legal problems going back almost 20 years, including spending more than two months in jail in 2015 for failing to pay child support. He has also reportedly had run-ins with the law over issues including drug possession, DUI, animal cruelty, false identity, reckless driving, unlicensed driving and resisting arrest.