Philadelphia Rapper Beanie Sigel Receives Two-Year Sentence For Tax Evasion

August 17, 2012
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A district judge handed down a two-year prison sentence to Beanie Sigel for tax evasion, which will be the Philadelphia rapper’s second time behind bars. Dwight Grant, better known to Philadelphia natives as Beanie Sigel, pleaded guilty to failing to file tax returns between 2003 and 2005. He originally pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2011, at which time U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois ordered that he report to prison on September 12, 2012. He will also face a year of supervised release after his sentence has been completed, during which he must pay back taxes, interest, and penalties. Failure to file penalties can reach a maximum of 25 percent, except in cases where fraud or negligence are at play, in which case penalties may be higher. The IRS noted that Sigel also failed to file returns between 1999 and 2002, save for a $10,000 tax bill he paid in 2001. Between 1999 and 2005, Sigel earned roughly $2.2 million in taxable income, and owed the federal government $728,536. However, he was not prosecuted for the violations of tax law between 1999 and 2002 because the statute of limitations had expired, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sigel told the court that he took responsibility for his crimes, but noted that during his prison stints in 2004 and 2005 for separate charges, his family members took advantage of his wealth, the Inquirer reports. He also noted that he did not live a lavish lifestyle during the periods in which he failed to pay taxes. Sigel is the second rapper recently convicted of tax evasion, following the high profile case of R&B Grammy winner Lauryn Hill, who will soon face sentencing for her own violations of tax law.