Beanie Sigel: Two Years for Tax Evasion
"Roc the Mic" rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence today (July 12) in a Philadelphia court for failing to file federal income tax returns.
Born Dwight Grant, Sigel was charged with owing the IRS $728,536 between 1999 and 2005. He avoided an additional year of prison by pleading guilty in August 2011, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. In addition to incarceration, the rapper must also pay all taxes, penalties and interests to the IRS.
Sigel told U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois that he accepted "total responsibility" for his offenses, but also claimed that his money was mismanaged by family members during a 2004-2005 period when he was serving time on drug and gun charges.
"I haven't been able to get my career back on track since," Sigel said.
The 38-year-old rapper has until Sept. 12 to surrender to authorities to begin his sentence.
Sigel also spent time in jail in 2008 for a probation violation.