Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to spend 3 months in federal prison after failing to pay her taxes on
more than one occasion. You think she’d learn after getting caught the first time? Well if she
hasn’t yet, she surely will after this hefty sentence.
The former Fugee claims to have paid off nearly $1 million ($970 K to be exact) before her hearing just yesterday. But, a New Jersey judge isn’t letting her off so easy this time around. In fact, he’s requiring the 37-year-old singer to follow up her 3-month stint behind bars with another 90 days on house arrest, AND then 9-months of supervised release, TMZ reported.
Hill “pled guilty last year to three counts of tax evasion for failing to file returns on $1.8 million she earned from 2005 to 2007. Lauryn’s attorney asked for mercy because of her charity work and 6 kids … but the judge wasn’t buying it.”
While I certainly feel for the girl, because that is an awful lot of time for anymore to spend behind bars. I can’t blame the judge.
You earned over a mill in the span of two years (more than I will probably earn in a lifetime) and you couldn’t find the time to a) afford an accountant to do your taxes for you, or b) give back what you owe to the government like the rest of us simpletons have to do each year? C’mon now! You’re no different than the rest of us, so you sure as hell shouldn’t think you can just get by without following the rules.
Not to mention, you’re asking for mercy, because you do “charity work” and have a half a dozen kids?
If Hill’s attorney didn’t already screw this one up for her, the singer delivered a statement to the Newark judge herself by comparing her situation to slavery:
“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.” She went on to say, “I sold 50 million units … now I’m up here paying a tax debt. If that’s not linked to slavery, I don’t know what is.”
You can link it to whatever you want to Hill, but you got caught red-handed AGAIN. You’re going to the slammer for this one.