"In the court's opinion, Mr. Simmons is a good man, a very far from the perfect man," said Judge Rakoff. "In many ways, it is he who gives his cliché his own worst enemy."
The prosecutors had recommended Mr. Simmons a five-year prison sentence that sold millions of hip-hop records and was performed worldwide in movies. But last year he was charged with tax evasion and attempting to obstruct the Internal Revenue Service. Federal prosecutors stated that Mr. Simmons owed $ 1.7 million in unpaid taxes and penalties on income from 2002 to 2005. He also failed to raise taxes from 201
Mr. Simmons planned to evade taxes by maintaining a "liquid lifestyle," the prosecutor added, using other accounts and demanding that he receive a $ 125,000 fee from the "Celebrity Couples Therapy" television show without tax deduction. He also incorrectly added his gross income during bankruptcy, prosecutors said.
In November, Mr. Simmons pleaded guilty to a census of tax fraud. He told Judge Rakoff on Wednesday that he had not planned to "steal like a criminal in a comic book", but also recognize his misdeeds.
"I take responsibility," he said in court. "I know that taxes have to be paid."
In addition to the year in jail, Judge Rakoff ordered Mr. Simmons to be returned $ 2.29 million to the government and overseen for three years.
His attorney, Mr. Richman, had asked for leniency and called Mr. Simmons "a modern gospel" and "a child of chaos," saying that he had been mistreated by his mother, who once used some of his teeth with a broomstick
In its heyday, Mr. Simmons was a hip-hop powerhouse and rapped about violence and salvation in what Rolling Stone called "the roughest and darkest voice in hip-hop, the sound of gravel on the grave."
He became the only artist in the history of Billboard 200 to reach No. 1 with his first five albums, the company said in 2003. And he starred in television shows such as "Third Watch" and films like "Never Die." Alone, "in which he portrayed a drug trafficker named King David.
But Mr. Simmons was also known to be in trouble with the law. In 2004 he confessed in Queens to reckless danger and driving under the influence of drugs. In 2008 he pleaded guilty in Arizona for theft, drug possession and animal cruelty.
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