DMX Arrested In Arizona Mall For Using Fake ID At Hospital

MC charged with using false name and contact info to avoid having to pay $7,500 medical bill.

Another weekend, another trip to jail for DMX. The rapper (born Earl Simmons) was arrested at Phoenix, Arizona's Metrocenter mall on Saturday on suspicion of giving a false name and Social Security number to the Scottsdale, Arizona, Mayo Clinic, where the 37-year-old MC went for treatment in April.

According to the Arizona Republic newspaper, X is facing charges of theft of services and identity theft in what officials said was an attempt to skirt $7,500 in medical bills. After his arrest, DMX was put into isolation for his own safety on Sunday at the Towers Jail, where he is being held on $60,000 bond.

Maricopa County top cop Joe Arapaio, who calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff," lamented the fourth arrest of DMX this year in his jurisdiction. "He seems to have a long record and nothing ever happens," Arpaio said. "I am concerned that these judges keep letting him get out. I don't know how many times he has to be booked into jail. He keeps committing all these violations and keeps getting out and continues to violate the law. He has lived a charmed life."

In the Mayo Clinic case, officials said X went to the hospital for treatment, stayed nine hours and gave a false name of "Troy Jones," a fake Social Security number, a non-existent address in Yonkers, New York, and false contact information, including the name of a made-up girlfriend, "Jennifer Martinez," and a cell-phone number.

The latest arrest began as part of an [article id="1567865"]earlier investigation into animal cruelty[/article] that began in August 2007, which eventually led to [article id="1587230"]X's arrest on suspicion of felony drug possession and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges[/article] on May 9. Just a few days before, the rapper was charged with [article id="1587071"]driving more than 100 miles per hour on a Phoenix-area highway[/article]. Around the same time, he was also cited by sheriff's deputies for reckless driving while riding off-road in an ATV in a local park, a case in which he reportedly failed to pay a fee, provide identification and was driving on a suspended license.

After his arrest last month in Miami on charges of attempting to purchase cocaine and marijuana from an undercover officer, [article id="1590349"]DMX was arrested[/article] on July 2 at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court and a bond violation.