AceShowbiz - Rap veteran DMX has officially begun his one-year sentence for tax fraud. The "Party Up (Up in Here)" hitmaker, real name Earl Simmons, was sentenced to 12 months behind bars in March after striking a plea deal with prosecutors and pleading guilty to just one count of tax fraud, instead of the 14 federal charges he initially faced upon his arrest last summer (2017).
The hip-hop star was expected to serve his punishment at Danbury Federal Correctional Facility in Connecticut, the same prison which inspired the hit Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black", but according to TheBlast.com, he was instead moved to Federal Correctional Institution Hazelton in West Virginia at the last minute from his holding cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.
His lawyer tells the outlet DMX is still happy with the change of location, even though it is further away from his family in New York, as the facility has a reputation for its treatment programmes for addicts.
The 47-year-old, who has battled drug demons in the past, will also have the opportunity to take part in various training programs and arts and crafts classes while behind bars.
The news emerges a day after DMX's attorney, Murray Richman, revealed his client had been inundated with offers for movie roles and publishing deals to chronicle his road to redemption. "(DMX) looks great, is very happy, and overall, is doing remarkably well," he said.