Beanie Sigel Facing Criminal Charges for Tax Fraud
Beanie Sigel is in big trouble with Uncle Sam. The Philadelphia rapper is facing criminal charges for tax fraud, with federal prosecutors alleging that the former Roc-A-Fella Records signee earned more than $1.5 million between 2002 and 2004, but failed to file any tax returns on his income.
Beans, whose real name is Dwight Grant, is most likely cooperating with the investigation, as most federal information filings indicate a defendant's participation. Sigel is no stranger to run-ins with the law, having served a jail sentence in 2008 for giving a false urine sample to a probation official. He was later arrested in 2009 for marijuana possession.
Shortly after that arrest, Sigel began popping up in the news for dissing his former partner-in-rhyme Jay-Z, releasing a string of tracks that trash-talked Hov. He fired shots at Jigga in late October 2009 for an incident that took place at his September 11 benefit concert. His smear campaign has continued for over a year, with strong words directed at Jay during a concert this past August in Baltimore.