Lauryn Hill Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail for Tax Evasion
Published May 06, 2013Unfortunately for Lauryn Hill, her week has just got off to a very rocky start. After pleading guilty to tax evasion, Hill was sentenced to three months in federal prison today (May 6), even though she reportedly paid more than $970,000 to satisfy state and federal tax liabilities before the sentencing.
As TMZ reports, a judge in Newark, NJ, handed out the sentence, telling Hill that after she spends her time in jail she will have to spend three more months on house arrest followed by nine months of supervised release.
Hill pled guilty to three counts of tax evasion in 2012 for failing to file returns on $1.8 million that she earned between 2005 and 2007.
During the hearing, Hill reportedly told the judge, "I was put into a system I didn't know the nature of. ... I'm a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me.... I sold 50 million units ... now I'm up here paying a tax debt. If that's not likened to slavery, I don't know what is."
Hill is to report to prison by July 8.
As previously reported, Hill recently signed a deal with Sony to help battle her tax troubles and over the weekend released the new track "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)."