Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Lauryn Hill gets tax case jail term

Lauryn Hill walks to federal court in Newark, New Jersey (AP/Mel Evans)

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay about one million dollars (£643,000) in taxes.

She was also sentenced on Monday in Newark, New Jersey, to three additional months of home confinement.

The 37-year-old South Orange resident pleaded guilty last year in the case.

During a forceful statement to the judge, Hill explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business.

Before the sentencing, her lawyer had said Hill had paid more than 970,000 dollars (£624,000) to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities.

Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her lawyer had sought probation.

It is not clear when or where she would report to prison.

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