By: Patricia Trutescu
In August 2011, Philadelphia rapper, Beanie Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges. Now, TheGrio.com reports that on Thursday, a federal judge sentenced the artist to a 2-year prison term for those charges.
According to information taken from Philly.com, Sigel, 38, takes full responsibility for the unpaid taxes but also told the court that some family members, which he did not identify, also abused his trust and took advantage of his earnings. He then told U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois that he’s had a difficult time recovering his career since his conviction on federal gun and drug charges in 2004.
DuBois clearly responded that even if others “diverted” his earnings for their personal gains, it was Sigel’s decision to avoid paying taxes.
In 2011, the year Sigel pleaded guilty, DuBois imposed a year of supervised release during which time rapper is supposed to pay back all taxes, interest and penalties he owes. He has until September, 12, 2012 to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons.
IRS investigators found that Sigel had not filed tax returns from 1999 through 2002, except for a $10,000 tax payment in 2001, and failing to file taxes again for the years 2003 through 2005. During this time, Sigel earned more than $2.2 million in taxable income and owed approximately $728,000 for those years.