Earl Simmons, also known as rapper DMX, was arrested and charged on Thursday for tax fraud. However, the 46 year old was released on Friday after posting a $500,000 bond in order to secure his release.
Simmons pled not guilty to 14 counts of tax evasion and the U.S. District Attorney’s office says that he needed 2 co-signers to post the bail money.
The rapper failed to pay $1.7 million in tax liabilities, a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York stated. He now owes the IRS $2 million.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim spoke of the rapper in a statement.
“For years, Earl Simmons, the recording artist and performer known as DMX, made millions from his chart-topping songs, concert performances and television shows.”
“But while raking in millions from his songs, including his 2003 hit ‘X Gon’ Give it to Ya,’ DMX didn’t give any of it to the IRS,” he added.
And Kim used the rapper as an example, and said that all Americans must pay their taxes, no matter if they are a celebrity or not. He added that the IRS will “pursue those who deliberately and criminally evade this basic obligation of citizenship”.
Between 2002 and 2005, DMX made millions of dollars, but did not pay any taxes. This led the IRS to start collection efforts in 2005, according to prosecutors.
DMX did not file personal income tax returns between 2010 and 2015 where he reportedly earned over $2.3 million, reports Entertainment Tonight on Friday.
The rapper has been restricted from leaving the New York City area and strict drug testing will take place during his bail. A future hearing will tell if he’s able to leave the area in the future.
This isn’t DMX’s first time being in trouble with the law. The rapper has 15 children and in 2013, he filed for bankruptcy stating that he wasn’t able to pay his child support. He was sentenced to six months in prison in July 2015 for unpaid child support and was released in September 2015.