Beanie Sigel sentenced to 2 years for tax evasion | News

Uncle Sam strikes again.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced Thursday to two years in federal prison for failing to file tax returns for the years 2003 to 2005.

Sigel, born Dwight Grant, plead guilty to the three tax evasion charges in August 2011. The maximum sentence on all three counts is three years.

Prosecutors found that the 38-year-old rapper did not pay taxes on $2.2 million earned from 1999-2005 and currently has a tax debt of $728,536. Investigators from the Internal Revenue Service found that, with the exception of a $10,000 tax payment in 2001, Sigel did not file tax returns between the years 1999-2002, but he was not charged with tax offenses for those years because the statute of limitations had expired.

In addition to the two years behind bars, U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois also ordered a year of supervised release, during which Sigel is ordered to pay the tax debt plus all interest and penalties.

The Daily News reports that prosecutors sought a three-year sentence for the rapper, but that DuBois felt the two years was sufficient.

The government’s official Sentencing Memorandum accused Sigel of failing to cooperate with a probation officer during the sentencing procedures.

“For all we know, Grant has earned a significant sum of money and simply squirreled it away out of the reach of the government,” wrote U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. “He would not even cooperate with the Probation Officer to permit a home visit, a most-basic part of a sentence procedure.”

Sigel told DuBois that he accepts “full responsibility” for his failure to pay his taxes, but also mentioned that family members took advantage of his earnings while he was incarcerated for drug and gun offenses in 2004 and 2005.

“I haven’t been able to get my career back on track since,” he told the judge. DuBois subsequently reminded him that, even if family had taken advantage of him, “it was your call not to pay taxes.”

Sigel was given until September 12 to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons.

After an extended hiatus from the rap game, Sigel was prepping a comeback with an album titled The Classic as well as a joint double album with Scarface tentatively titled The First 48.

AllHipHop spoke with Sigel immediately after he plead guilty to the evasion charges last August. Watch their exclusive interview below.

http://youtu.be/I2wa5kTtY8I

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