Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Hill will serve additional time on house arrest.

Published May 6, 2013

Lauryn Hill paid off the tax man, but she has still been sentenced to serve three months in jail for tax evasion. She has also been ordered to serve an additional three months in home confinement for her mistakes.

The ex-Fugees singer paid up around $500,000 to the IRS to satisfy her state and federal tax bills, avoiding up to three years of additional jail time. Hill pleaded guilty last year of failing to pay her taxes, stating to the judge in an online blog post that she stopped filing around the time she withdrew from the spotlight to raise her six children. 

"I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival," she said in the diatribe. 

Hill didn't hold back on the acerbic rhetoric when addressing the judge presiding over her case today. "I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that," she said somewhat vaguely. 

It's not clear when Hill will report for serving her time or if she will evade imprisonment on a technicality.


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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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