Beanie Sigel was scheduled to begin serving his two-year prison sentence for a failure to file his Federal income-tax returns on September 12. However, due to the Philadelphia rapper’s arrest early this morning (August 29), Beans will begin serving that sentence today, XXL has learned.
“At this point, the Federal authorities will take him into custody and he’ll begin serving the sentence that he was going to start on September 12 anyway,” Sigel’s longtime attorney Fortunato N. Perri told XXL. “He had bail set on the new charges, but the Federal authorities have issued a detainer—a warrant, essentially—that will transfer him to Federal custody and he’ll start serving his sentence.”
Somebody without a rap sheet like Sigel’s would have been able to be a free man after posting bail, but Beans’s arrest before turning himself in combined with his past was just too hard to overlook. So, instead of having a 14-day cushion to continue to promote his new album, This Time (which was released yesterday) and spend time with his family, Beans must start his sentence sooner than expected.
Sigel, born Dwight Grant, and another man, Gerald Andrews, were pulled over in their Ford Fusion on the I-95 highway in Philadelphia this morning and a search of the former Roc-A-Fella star revealed cash, a bottle of codeine and prescription pills and a gun in the vehicle’s center console. Although it’s unclear as to who the gun belongs to, both men are convicted felons, prohibiting them to own a gun under Pennsylvania law.
Last Perri knew about, his client was in Delaware County Jail.
“We’re still reviewing the allegations and the circumstances of the arrest,” Perri offered. “I don’t don’t know a whole lot about the specifics at this point. We’re still reviewing specifics.”
Earlier in the day, Chris Schwartz, Ruffhouse Records CEO and founder, expressed disappointment about today’s news, but also supported his artist.
Obviously, we’re very disappointed. However, Beanie has done nothing, but display the utmost professionalism in all of the initiatives related to the promotion of his new release [This Time]. Beanie has obviously been struggling with some personal issues, and we continue to support him now and throughout his impending incarceration.
Sigel’s two-year Federal prison bid stemmed from a failure to pay $348,000 in taxes on $1 million of income from 2003-2005. His bid could be possibly lengthened, depending on the findings and results of his newest allegations.—Mark Lelinwalla