DMX was released from prison on Friday after serving almost a year in federal prison for tax fraud.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed with PEOPLE that the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was freed from Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in Glenville, West Virginia.
“He’s looking forward to being home. He’s never been hotter than now — people have been seeking him out all over,” his lawyer Murray Richman told Vulture. Adding that DMX is “very happy.”
In March 2018, DMX was sentenced to a year in prison for tax fraud. He was accused of evading $1.7 million in tax liabilities by hiding his income, according to reports.
“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. Far from it, DMX allegedly went out of his way to evade taxes, including by avoiding personal bank accounts, setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash,” prosecutors said in 2017.
He will be on three years of supervised released and must pay back $2,292,200, according to PEOPLE.
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