Beale was on the Minnesota board for televangelist Pat Robertson"s campaign during Robertson"s failed run for president in 1988. Beale"s problems with the Internal Revenue Service began in the 1990s over a dispute involving a computer software firm Beale founded called Artist Graphics. On April 30, 2008, Beale was convicted of illegally hiding $5.6 million of his salary as Chief Executive Officer of Comtrol to evade $1.6 million in taxes.
(His original trial had been delayed 14 months when Beale skipped bail on the eve of his trial in August 2006) He was later charged with threatening the life of the federal judge who prosecuted him and was given 11 additional months of prison time.
Beale served briefly as his own attorney at his trial. Beale is the father of publisher and writer Theodore Beale who uses the pseudonym Vox Day.