Rapper Beanie Sigel, former Montco Taxpayer, Sentenced to Two Years for Tax Evasion
The rapper, known for his Philadelphia roots, formerly owned a home on Steven Lane in Towamencin Township. Sigel, aka Dwight Grant, pleaded guilty to not filing income tax returns between 2003 and 2005
Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel, aka Dwight Grant, who used to own a home on Steven Lane in Towamencin Township until it went into foreclosure, has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to failing to pay income taxes between 2003 and 2005.
Grant was ordered to report to prison on Sept. 12, 2012.
The U.S. District Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has Grant listed with a Lansdale mailing address.
Grant, 38, bought 1383 Steven Lane in Towamencin in February 2001 for $316,500, according to Montgomery County property records. It was bought by U.S. Bank N.A. in September 2010.
According to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney, Grant pleaded guilty on August 9, 2011 to failing to file federal income tax returns between 2003 and 2005.
Grant was sentenced Thursday to 24 months in prison.
According to the Government's Sentencing Memorandum, Grant earned more than $1 million between 2003 and 2005, on which he owed about $348,077 in income taxes which he never paid.
The U.S. District Attorney said Grant failed to file returns or pay income tax during tax years 1999 through 2002. Between 1999 and 2005, Grant earned more than $2.2 million in income and paid $10,000 in tax, according to the Government's Sentencing Memorandum.
The Internal Revenue Service has calculated that Grant still owes a total of about $728,536 in taxes for tax years 1999 through 2005.
U.S. District Court Judge Jan E. Dubois ordered Grant to pay all taxes, penalties and interest as determined by the IRS and to cooperate with the IRS, which Grant has filed to do, according to the Government's Sentencing Memorandum.
"For all we know," wrote U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger in the Government's Sentencing Memorandum, "Grant 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, a most-basic part of a sentence procedure."
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul L. Gray.
According to the Government's Sentencing Memorandum, the maximum sentence on all three counts is three years incarceration.
Grant has had a criminal life since age 15, according to the memorandum. Now, 23 years later, he is being sentenced again.
Grant has been adjudged a juvenile delinquent twice, has had three local adult convictions for narcotics distribution, possession, assault and one federal conviction for narcotics possession and begin a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the memorandum.
Grant spent a year in federal prison and had his supervised release revoked twice for leaving the jurisdiction without permission, associating with convicted felons and drug use, according to the memorandum.
Grant is a former member of Roc-a-Fella Records and its roster, the record label owned by Jay-Z.