Just last year, rapper DMX was hit with 14 counts of tax evasion before accepting a plea deal which dropped 13 of the aforementioned charges.
Prosecutors argued that DMX lived a cash-only lifestyle for years after depositing royalty checks into accounts that belonged to his manager, his ex-wife, and the mother of one of his children.
Although they pushed for him to serve a maximum sentencing of 5-years, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan has decided that the New York rapper serve one year with three years of supervised release.
Judge Rakoff said that he believed that DMX was a good man and opted to give him less than the 5-years that prosecutors were seeking, before adding that “It cannot go unpunished.”’
It’s been rumored that X’s lawyer, Murray Richman, allegedly played the rapper’s music video for “Slippin” in an effort to show how tough his life has been, in order to possibly convince Rakoff into giving him a lesser sentencing.