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Lauryn Hill

3 Months In Prison

For Tax Evasion

5/6/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to spend 3 months in FEDERAL PRISON for tax evasion … even though she claims she paid off her nearly $1 million bill to Uncle Sam before sentencing.

A judge in Newark, New Jersey dished out the sentence moments ago ... and told Hill that after she completes her stint behind bars, she'll spend 3 more months on house arrest ... followed by 9 months of supervised release.

Before the hearing, Hill's attorney told the media the singer scraped together more than $970,000 to repay her debt to the government.

The 37-year-old former Fugee 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.

During the hearing, the judge ordered Hill to report to prison by July 8. It's unclear where Hill will serve her time.

Hill was present during the hearing, and delivered a statement to the judge in which she compared 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," Hill said.

She continued, "I sold 50 million units ... now I'm up here paying a tax debt. If that's not likened to slavery, I don't know what is."

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PhilC    

Harsh sentence my ass. 3 months for tax evasion of a million dollars over a ten year period. Wesley Snipes was imprisoned for three years. This little rich girl had the nerve to say she is the child of slaves. Is she 150 years old? She wouldn;'t know what hard work is if it hit her in the ass

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AmericanRealist    

Does she forget the truth about slavery? She is the child of the people who sold themselves into slavery. As a Native American I grow tired of hearing these ignorant racists who intentionally forget their own past and culture and act as if they are owed compensation for selling themselves into slavery. Slave traders from Spain, England and a few other European nations brought ships to Africa and paid tribute to African warlords for rounding up slaves and bringing them aboard the ships. If you want to point fingers about slavery and are African American look at yourself first. Slavery was ugly all around. Yes she is a descendant of slavery, sold by her own people first.

542 days ago
198.

Max    

Paid the bill and still has to go to jail then, why pay the bill? When she gets out she will be broke and indebted to who know who for who knows how long.

542 days ago
199.

Dr. Clinton    

This woman is totally correct! It is slavery. Income Taxes is to help pay the Elite Government huge salaries. Everyone should stop payng taxes. They cannot lock up everyone.

542 days ago
200.

Clancy    

If they can throw her in jail why can't they throw Lindsay Lohan in jail. Lindsay may do better in jail.

542 days ago
201.

Vivi    

How is it that she has to pay nearly a million dollars in taxes for 1.8 million in earnings? That's almost all her income.

542 days ago
202.

Scottrc    

Shoulda been 1 year at least. "Im a child of fomer slaves.."...Really? How f'ing ignorant is she anyways....???

542 days ago
203.

Big Mamma Cornbread    

..............NEXT RECORD WILL BE A ...HIT .......................MASTERPIECE ................... ................... CALLED CASE - CLOSED

542 days ago
204.

Gary Linn    

I cannot believe that she played the race/slave card. It's embarrassing!

542 days ago
205.

Evelyn    

By all means pull the slavery bit............what a loser!

542 days ago
206.

leon    

Her probation is gonna also say that she cannot be near any guns, loaded or otherwise. Drugs are a no no too. Now that she is in the system, let's see if she will return next year.

542 days ago
207.

Jennifer    

Oh for Pete's Sake.....a child of former slaves????? Give me a freaking break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was over 100 years ago. Okay, I'm a child of a Union Soldier that died of starvation in a confederate prison....now I don't have to pay taxes??????????????

542 days ago
208.

Alan    

Just anothe TAX DEADBEAT: 'slavery' has nothing to do with it.

542 days ago
209.

yoplay53    

Lauryn we know the struggles and black women has had to be bread winners, and everything else. Cast all of your cares on Jesus afterall he is the one who has borne them already. It's not you against the world. It's decision time. Choose wisely. All of these systems are alike and they have brainwashed the mind of the people. The same way it will be when the mark of the beast is taken. They won't have to look for who has not taken the mark, the same mob will point you out. We have been conditioned, but remember Matthew 17: 25 What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
Lauryn it is the same way today. Nothing has change

21 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. The judge could not do any more than God allowed her and He will look at her heart and punish her if she did it just because she had the

542 days ago
210.

go2thebook    

Lauryn we know the struggles and black women has had to be bread winners, and everything else. Cast all of your cares on Jesus afterall he is the one who has borne them already. It's not you against the world. It's decision time. Choose wisely. All of these systems are alike and they have brainwashed the mind of the people. The same way it will be when the mark of the beast is taken. They won't have to look for who has not taken the mark, the same mob will point you out. We have been conditioned, but remember Matthew 17: 25 What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
Lauryn it is the same way today. Nothing has change

21 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. The judge could not do any more than God allowed her and He will look at her heart and punish her if she did it just because she had the

542 days ago
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