DMX, who has been accused of cheating the IRS out of $1.7 million in taxes, could be headed back to prison for violating the conditions of his bail.
The 46-year-old rapper allegedly failed to comply with the bail conditions in his $1.7 million tax evasion case. He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges last month, and was released from jail after posting a $500,000 bond; however, his release was issued with specific terms, including a strict travel restriction that prohibited him from leaving NYC without permission.
On Wednesday, Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff announced he received word that DMX had violated bail conditions.
“The Court has received a report from pretrial services indicating that the defendant may have violated the terms of his pretrial release in numerous respects,” Judge Rakoff said in an order docketed Wednesday afternoon.
DMX’s lawyer Murray Richman said his client did, in fact, travel to St. Louis a couple of weeks ago, and he did it without the permission of his probation officer.
Judge Rakoff has requested the rapper to appear in court this Friday to address the possible violation.
DMX is facing 14 counts of federal tax evasion after he allegedly conducted a “multi-year scheme” to conceal millions of dollars from the IRS. Authorities accused him of falsifying bankruptcy documents and avoiding personal bank accounts so he could dodge paying $1.7 million in taxes. If the court finds him guilty, he could face up to 44 years in prison.