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Lauryn Hill Starts Prison Sentence for Tax Evasion

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DANBURY, Conn. -- Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.

Hill reported to federal prison in Danbury, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. Inmates at the minimum security prison live in open dormitory-style living quarters and are expected to work jobs such as maintenance, food service or landscaping.

Hill, who started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multiplatinum 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," pleaded guilty last year in New Jersey to failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Her sentencing also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought the total earnings to about $2.3 million.

Her attorney 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.

During her sentencing in May in Newark, N.J., Hill described how she failed to pay taxes during a period when she'd dropped out of the music business to protect herself and her children, who now number six. She said the treatment she received while she was in the entertainment business led to her decision to leave it.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Moser acknowledged Hill's creative talent and work on behalf of impoverished children but called Hill's explanation for her actions "a parade of excuses centering around her feeling put upon" that don't exempt her from her responsibilities.

After she is released from prison, she will be under parole supervision for a year, the first three months of which will be spent under home confinement.

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She must have thought she was a politician

July 10 2013 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love how famous people think it is okay to do it....and as long as you "paid it back," you shouldn't be punished. Personally, I never heard of this "famous person," but presumably she is, and she certainly seems self-entitled. Hope she enjoys her manual labor for three months. But then again, she is a "famous person," so they will probably release her in three days.

July 09 2013 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edmond S. Abrain

Sounds like she paid all her back taxes. Let's see how she does in 3 months. We got bigger criminals on the street than this woman with six kids. Everybody deserves a second chance.

July 09 2013 at 3:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Edmond S. Abrain's comment

Let Ms. Hill pay her taxes like everyone else in America. Now Ms. Hill can run her mouth all she wants while there.

July 09 2013 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll do three months if I get to keep 1 mil! Everybody knows that the goverment gets its cut no matter how ya give it to em. Six kids? She was probally on the welfare ya know.

July 09 2013 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


July 09 2013 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to RICH's comment

Do not be so hard on yourself darling.

July 09 2013 at 3:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

A little r+r from the 6 kids ..good move..

July 09 2013 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am not insensitive,I just don't care..........

July 09 2013 at 1:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

the way the gov. spends our money we all shouldn't pay. This isn't a felony, only in the governments mind. She could get elected if she ran for something. one in 4 of us will spend time in jail for something. another waste of taxpayers money, like Martha stewart, that was a joke.

July 09 2013 at 12:58 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

Funny how she didn't post that long rant before she was caught.......and what about all that crap about going underground amassing some kind of non-tax paying rebel force....

July 09 2013 at 12:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Poor me, poor me, pour me a drink

July 09 2013 at 11:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply