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Thursday 31 July 2014

Lauryn Hill starts tax prison term

Lauryn Hill has started serving a three-month prison term in Connecticut for tax evasion (AP)

US music star Lauryn Hill has started a three-month prison sentence for failing to pay about a million dollars in taxes over the past decade.

The Grammy-winning singer reported to the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Hill started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multi-platinum 1998 album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

She pleaded guilty last year in New Jersey to failing to pay taxes on more than 1.8 million US dollars (£1.07 million) earned from 2005 to 2007.

Hill, of South Orange, New Jersey, resident had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts of failing to file taxes.

Her lawyer had sought probation, arguing that Hill's charitable works, her family circumstances and the fact she paid back the taxes she owed should merit consideration.

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