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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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211.

iunderstand    

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

533 days ago
212.

Kevin    

if earning that ype of money constitutes as slavery then slap the shackles on me...is she for real???
God, she looks awful>

533 days ago
213.

jon    

If this gal goes to prison, why didn't Tim Geitner go to jail? If you are of the president's administration, are you absolved of all past crimes? She paid her taxes, why send her to jail? If she goes, so should Timmy.

533 days ago
214.

Val    

SIX kids??!! Holy crap. All with the same man? She should have thought about them when she wasn't paying her taxes. Child of slaves?? Say what?? Somebody better get her a psych evaluation.

533 days ago
215.

Bubba    

Slavery????? If I was the judge I'd give her two options. Either prove she was a slave at anytime in her lifetime and go free. Or spend 3 years in prison!

533 days ago
216.

Sharonbelle    

She come's from slave's? I come poor Irish potato eater's. You got to be kidding useing that as a reason for not haveing a bookkeeper. 6 kid's... She need's a bookkeeper amd birth control.

533 days ago
217.

ThumbsDOWN    

Only 3 months? You would think this bitch was a rich white devil. Congrats to her!

533 days ago
218.

SueT    

Couldn't afford your tax bill?/???

533 days ago
219.

darkangel    


f#ck'n slaves, all you jackass tools
pay your slave fees
slaves and don't know **** about ****
go spend 10 years in Haiti then comment
go cry about the fortune 500 that pay **** in taxes, exxon=0, gen.electric=0 .....................
get bailed out while you run like bitch ass slaves to pay yours and cover there asses so they can come back and rape your ass some more,
like good little slaves take it from masta
why was there an American Revolution?
who payed more taxes then or now?
yet you slaves beg to pay yours and don't even know why?
what does "income" mean?
labor is not income so why are you paying taxes on it?
hill got more talent then 99% of the busted ass **** out now, she came through with almost 1Mil and thats not enough? For a victimless charge, anyone that thinks this is a "Crime" yet thinks your not a "Slave"....****'n Slaves!!!

533 days ago
220.

jerry    

A daughter of slaves? How old is she? 140?

533 days ago
221.

kvincent    

Sorry, But She Should Be Released, And It's Costing US Tax Payers More Money To Be There.

She Paid Almost Million Dollars In Taxes, And Now She's Going To Prison.

Mitt Romney , Who Pays NO TAXES Is The Person
Who Should Get Life In Prison !!!!!

Rich People Own The Prisons They Put You In, And I Guess The Judge Has To Make Sure The Rich Keep Making More Money, And The Rest Have To Serve Time And Make The Poor And Middle Class
Pay More Taxes To House, And Feed Mrs. Hill.

533 days ago
222.

RLS    

The GD Race card is always thrown every time by these racist blacks who obviously are unable to look forward, forgetting that millions of people of all ethnicities have been slaves. Self-centered ignorants. She put herself in this position, what a stupid person she is. Good riddance.

533 days ago
223.

John    

I ALMOST felt sorry for you UNTIL you brought up the SLAVE-THANG!!!....Sheesh!!!

533 days ago
224.

Dave    

Yes that's right you were affected as much by slavery as I was effected by the potato famine from my home land. A Hole

533 days ago
225.

bob    

DOUCE BAG. Give her ten years

533 days ago
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