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Lauryn Hill

Pleads Guilty in Tax Case

Faces YEARS in Prison

6/29/2012 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lauryn Hill
just pled guilty to a major federal crime ... admitting she intentionally failed to file several tax returns in the past decade -- and now the former Fugees singer faces 3 years in prison.

Hill pled guilty today to three counts of failure to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007 -- when she earned more than $1.8 million.

When the judge asked if Hill "intentionally and willingly" failed to file the returns, she replied, "Yes."

In addition to the 3 years behind bars, Hill could be smacked with $75,000 in fines.

Hill was released on $150,000 bail. Her sentencing hearing is set for November.

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46.

yasmeen    

why on earth would she plead guilty?!

741 days ago
47.

Curtis    

How can you not pay your taxes?

741 days ago
48.

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she doesnt even reside in the USA no excuses but she really doesnt live in the states

741 days ago
49.

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741 days ago
50.

CJ_Dallas     

remember when she said she rather her kids starved than for a white kid to buy records ? I guess is buying her records anymore

741 days ago
51.

Lydia    

Damn, Lauren, really?
Pay your damn taxes, you know better than that.

741 days ago
52.

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741 days ago
53.

Throwback kid    

I don't understand, we have 15-20 million illegal aliens in this country that don't pay a dime in taxes, that's alot more than Lauren Hill owed. They also know they are here illegally and are cheating the IRS out of money. How come the government doesn't put any of them in jail? Instead it seems like all the politicians are afraid of them because they fear they will lose the spanish vote. I wish the government would go after the illegals for not paying taxes like they do with celebritys

741 days ago
54.

voice of reason    


What I do not understand is how is it possible that you can go on without paying taxes for years before Taxman catches up with you? Aren't tax people reading papers? Most of the so called celebrities go broke within several years from their, "one season/two season" success and even those who had a very successful career manage to go bankrupt, something we read about pretty much daily these days...so when those "clever" taxmen finally notice that someone earning millions hasn't paid a penny it is TOO LATE to recover anything, those celebrities are already broke, have 5 baby mommas fighting for child support, 10 kids and dozen court cases vary from assault to DUI, quite often they are hooked on drugs too and of course they have no career or job to speak of. So at the end, they won't pay anything back, maybe will do jail time...maybe will not do jail time but MONEY won't be recovered!! And the shortfall will have to be picked up by already struggling Americans, working 9:00 to 5:00.

741 days ago
55.

Zoompe    

I really can't get the Grip of it,really,Rap/R&B,Sports Star,Etc are all going down the drain,they all you came up from nothing to something,then back again damnnnnnnn stupid people.....

740 days ago
56.

ohreally    

Evade them taxes, go straight to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars.

Get caught with cocaine in your purse? Meh, slap on the wrist. "Now don't do it again sweetie!"

...America.

740 days ago
57.

Shellybean    

Hold the phone there, homie, it's not just the R&B community.

740 days ago
58.

w    

Wow, you put out that amazing letter Lauren and then WHAM they do this to you, the fu**ing POWERS THAT BE got you, sorry to see, thanks for standing up to them though.

740 days ago
59.

w    

there is no law to pay taxes yet she goes to jail, go figure she goes to jail for made up federal reserve bullsh** that gets the rich richer and the poor in jail.

740 days ago
60.

clara carlton    

You & Your family will be forever in my Prayers!!!!God Bless We all make Mistakes some more so than others ,

740 days ago
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