Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel has been sentenced to 24 months of jail time for failing to pay taxes on nearly $2 million dollars.
The prosecution says Beanie failed to pay $348,000 in taxes from 2003 through 2005. Sigel pleaded guilty to failing to file income tax returns during that period. Prosecution also revealed that he failed to file tax returns from 1999 through 2002 which he failed to pay $380,459 in taxes.
U.S. District Judge Jan E. Dubois ordered Beanie to report to prison September 12th. The judge also ordered Sigel to pay all taxes, penalties, and interest as determined by the IRS.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul L. Gray wrote in a sentencing memo that Sigel “has utterly failed to cooperate with the probation officer’s attempts to determine his current financial condition.”
Gray wrote that Sigel, of Lansdale, was allowed several continuances so he could earn money to begin paying restitution to the IRS. Sigel has paid nothing, Gray said.
“For all we know, [Sigel] has earned a significant sum of money and simply squirreled it away, out of the reach of the government. He would not even cooperate with the probation officer to permit a home visit,” Gray wrote, “a most basic part of the presentence procedure.”
Beans recently signed a new deal with Ruffhouse Records. The CEO, Chris Schwartz, is standing behind Beanie and released a statement showing faith in the jailed artist.
Beanie can’t seem to get a break! Every time he takes a step forward there’s an obstacle which makes him take a step back.
U.S. District Judge Jan E. Dubois ordered Beanie to report to prison September 12th.