12 Months Away
The legal battle between DMX and the IRS is over. So, the rapper’s lawyer Murray Richman and the artist himself can stop fearing the unknown.
The case, which goes back months, ended with the New York native heading to prison for a year for one count of tax evasion. The verdict handed down is reportedly a lenient one, as prosecutors were aiming for the max sentence.
“A Unique Resolution”
Richmond followed through on plans to play DMX’s music during the sentencing. Using the rapper’s music video for “Slippin” to help U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff “understand [DMX] genuinely in his voice” seemingly worked, as DMX was only given 12 months in prison verses the max sentence of five years.
“It was a salvation of sort to shut out the noise,” Richman said in court documents made public earlier this week. Richmond reportedly sent Rakoff the lyrics to “Slippin,'” “The Convo” and a few other tracks. “It is raw Earl,” the lawyer commented. “We are not here or desirous of molding him into what some may want to see; Earl is uniquely him and that is both his beauty of mind and his genius.”
In the documents, Richman suggested “a unique resolution,” making the point that a 60-day program with qualified personnel may be more rehabilitating than traditional prison. The lawyer added that the goal was to make sure DMX (née Earl Simmons) made it back to making an honest living so that he can pay his $1.7 million debt to the government and support his 15 children.
However, Richman’s “unique resolution” was shot down. DMX’s conventional time on the inside will be followed up by three years of supervised release.
As previously reported by HipHopMyWay, the rapper first pled guilty to tax evasion late last year. He admitted that he used several bank accounts and cash payments to hide his true income from the IRS. ABC News reported that prosecutors said that this “multi-year scheme” hid “millions of dollars” from the organization.
“Today, Earl Simmons admitted to systematically cheating on his taxes. By insisting to be paid in cash whenever possible and having royalty payments diverted to the accounts of financial surrogates, Simmons concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars of income from the IRS,” Joon H. Kim, acting United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at the time, according to ABC.
Though Kim made it clear that Simmons broke the law, he said that DMX opted to do the right thing by agreeing to a guilty plea. Of course, the plea deal struck between DMX’s legal team and the prosecution made doing the right thing a little easier. Rather than facing 14 counts and 44 years of incarceration, the deal allowed the rapper to face consequences for only one count.
“Simmons made a choice between ‘Right or Wrong,’ and did the right thing, admitting his guilt, and agreeing to pay his tax liabilities,” Kim continued. “No matter who you are or whatever fame you may have achieved, the law applies equally to all, and no one is exempt from the shared obligation to pay our taxes.”
Ultimately, the IRS said that Simmons (or his advisers) failed to pay $1.7 million in taxes between 2002 and 2005.
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