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article imageLauryn Hill sentenced to 3 months in prison for tax evasion

By Layne Weiss     May 7, 2013 in Entertainment
Singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to a three month prison sentence for tax evasion. The Grammy winning former member of the Fugees must report to prison by July 8 for her failure to pay income taxes for three years.
After that, Hill must serve three months of home confinement followed by a year of supervised probation, CNN reports. She must also pay penalties and taxes still owed as well as a $60,000 fine.
During sentencing Monday she told the judge she had always meant to pay the taxes, but had trouble due to her lengthy hiatus from music, MTV News reports.
Financially, however, things may be looking up for the singer. She has reportedly inked a $1 million record deal with Sony, and Saturday, she released the song "Neurotic Society."
in memory of her friend and label mate Chris Kelly of Kriss Kross. "In light of Wednesday's tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly) I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today's unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked."--MLH
She plead guilty to tax evasion charges last year saying she "intentionally and willingly" ignored her responsibility to file tax returns on over $1.8 million of income from 2005-2007.
The income in question came mostly from music and film royalties paid to companies Hill owned between 2005 and 2008, CNN reports.
"Although Hill pleaded guilty to charges specifically related to those tax years, her sentence also takes into account additional income and tax losses for 2008 and 2009 when she also failed to file federal returns along with her tax liability to the state of New Jersey, for a total income of approximately $2.3 million and total tax loss of approximately $1,006,517," the prosecutor said.
In a statement released Sunday, Hill's lawyer, Nathan Hochman released a statement saying his client had paid over $900,000 she owed in back taxes and penalties.
In regards to his client's sentence, Hochman told CNN it was "fair and reasonable."
Former Fugees member and Lauryn's ex Wyclef Jean appeared on RapFix MTV last week. and predicted L-Boogie's next album would be a tremendous success. Her 1998 album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" reached #1 on the US Billboard 200 and R&B/HipHop charts. It is one of the most beloved and popular albums of all time.
Wyclef also said he can relate to Hill on her tax evasion issues. In 2010, he was hit with a 2.5 tax lien. "You're going to have ups and downs in the industry," he told MTV.
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