Earl Simmons, the rapper DMX who has been accused of cheating the government out of $1.7 million in taxes, was placed under full house arrest in his Westchester home Friday and ordered to wear an ankle bracelet after court officers found cocaine and other drugs in his system.
A Mount Vernon native who grew up in Yonkers, the 46-year-old Simmons lived near the Bedford border on McLain Street in Mount Kisco with now estranged wife Tashera Simmons before putting the home into foreclosure in 2016 after filing for bankruptcy.
Simmons surrendered to law enforcement agents July 14 after being charged in a multi-year scheme to conceal from the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars of income.
Simmons become an international celebrity from his songs, including his best-selling hip-hop album "And Then There Was X," and the 2003 hit "X Gon' Give it to Ya."
During the period from 2010 through 2015, Simmons earned more than $2.3 million, but did not file personal income tax returns during that time period, U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, Joon H. Kim said.
Instead, he orchestrated a scheme to evade payment of his outstanding tax liabilities, largely by maintaining a cash lifestyle, avoiding the use of a personal bank account, and using the bank accounts of nominees, including his business managers, to pay personal expenses, according to Kim.
Simmons tried to conceal his income from the IRS and others, including by filing a false affidavit in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that listed his income as “unknown” for 2011 and 2012, and as $10,000 for 2013, Kim said. In fact, said Kim, Simmons received hundreds of thousands of dollars of income in each of those years.
Simmons has been charged with 14 counts: one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of Internal Revenue Laws, one count of evasion of payment of income taxes, six counts of evasion of assessment of income tax liability, and six counts of failure to file a U.S. individual income tax return.
Count One carries a maximum sentence of three years. Counts Two through Eight each carry a maximum sentence of five years. Counts Nine through Fourteen each carry a maximum sentence of one year.
Simmons overcame a difficult childhood that included stays at group homes and frequent arrests to rise to stardom.
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