PHILADELPHIA – Rapper “Beanie Sigel,” 38, of Lansdale, Pa., was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for failing to file federal income tax returns.
Sigel, whose given name is Dwight Grant, pleaded guilty to the charge on in August. He was ordered to report to prison in September, according to release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to the charges, between 2003 and 2005, Sigel earned in excess of
$1 million on which he owed approximately $348,077 in federal income taxes, which he never paid. Sigel also failed to file income tax returns or pay income tax during tax years 1999 through 2002. Between 1999 and 2005, he earned more than $2.2 million in income on which he paid only $10,000 in tax. The Internal Revenue service has calculated that Sigel still owes a total of approximately $728,536 in taxes for tax years 1999 through 2005.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Jan E. Dubois ordered Sigel to pay all taxes, penalties, and interest as determined by the Internal Revenue Service and to fully cooperate with the IRS, which Sigel has failed to do, to-date.