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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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256.

Opinion    

If that was Lindsy Lohan, she would have only gotten a slap on the wrist....

344 days ago
257.

Kathy    

She is giving us Oprah's look from the early days.

343 days ago
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Melis    

Not excusing what she did (we all have to pay taxes and she should as well) but I find it fascinating that she got jail time for this offense when Lindsay Lohan has avoided jail OVER and OVER again for more criminal offenses. Why is Lindsay getting so many chances and Lauryn got nothing?

343 days ago
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yoplay53    

Lauryn is a strong black woman who fight is greater than taxes. She refused to conform to the ills of this society for a dollar and sell her people out for fame. Her outspokenness has led to her being made an example out of and to hold her piece. Thank God for paying for the dignity of the very people who are here now on this site throwing her under the bus. Lauryn you will prevail. The naysayer will never say anything when it is unpopular. This is a joke and popular thru main stream media so they don't feel threaten to join the bandwagon. However, if it was an issue dealing with same sex marriage, abortion, most would be afraid to say anything because they fear being politically incorrect. They are a bunch of hypocrites. God Bless You Lauryn Hill for you can see The blind can't lead the blind they will both fall in the ditch. Everyone is blind and some can even see the big picture. Praise Jesus

343 days ago
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yoplay53    

Tmz is the national inquirer of the internet. They only focus on the negative and allow audience for those type of comments. Some of the stuff I've seen on this site should have been censored, but the viewers express their opinion precisely. That what Lauryn is talking about all these paws (TMZ) is apart of the problem. Everything Whitney Houston did they were there.l They specialize in the sneeZyies. Tmz is a joke. It has taken me 2 days to get logged in and then they will show you something posted yesterday knowing full well readers are not going back too far to block what you have said. There is no such thing as voicing your opinion. Everything on these web sites are screened and the opinion that most reflect the pawn shop is what is printed!!!!!! SHAME but TRUE!!!!!

343 days ago
261.

yoplay53    

Lauryn is a strong black woman who fight is greater than taxes. She refused to conform to the ills of this society for a dollar and sell her people out for fame. Her outspokenness has led to her being made an example out of and to hold her piece. Thank God for paying for the dignity of the very people who are here now on this site throwing her under the bus. Lauryn you will prevail. The naysayer will never say anything when it is unpopular. This is a joke and popular thru main stream media so they don't feel threaten to join the bandwagon. However, if it was an issue dealing with same sex marriage, abortion, most would be afraid to say anything because they fear being politically incorrect. They are a bunch of hypocrites. God Bless You Lauryn Hill for you can see The blind can't lead the blind they will both fall in the ditch. Everyone is blind and some can even see the big picture. Praise Jesus

343 days ago
262.

canucthrume    

Lauryn is a strong black woman who fight is greater than taxes. She refused to conform to the ills of this society for a dollar and sell her people out for fame. Her outspokenness has led to her being made an example out of and to hold her piece. Thank God for paying for the dignity of the very people who are here now on this site throwing her under the bus. Lauryn you will prevail. The naysayer will never say anything when it is unpopular. This is a joke and popular thru main stream media so they don't feel threaten to join the bandwagon. However, if it was an issue dealing with same sex marriage, abortion, most would be afraid to say anything because they fear being politically incorrect. They are a bunch of hypocrites. God Bless You Lauryn Hill for you can see The blind can't lead the blind they will both fall in the ditch. Everyone is blind and some can even see the big picture. Praise Jesus

343 days ago
263.

E Connelly    

Lauryn Hill is one stupid black bitch, reminds me of Mooshelle.

341 days ago
264.

E Connelly    

Lauryn Hill is one stupid black bitch, reminds me of Mooshelle.

341 days ago
265.

joey jones    

what a moron!! go back to afrika if u don't like the USA you filthy racist biitch!

341 days ago
266.

bob    

She needs a few years behind bars

341 days ago
267.

knickfan212    

Now if only they'd do the same thing to Miss Lindsey Lohan!

340 days ago
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Peter Gozinya    

That's it!!!!! She should get 2 years in jail and make sure she pays all the taxes, all the penalties, and make her pay the court costs and all the peoples salaries for the days in court for her hearings. If it wasn't for her not paying in the first place they wouldn't have to be in court. Lock her up.

340 days ago
269.

danarnold25843    

She must not have heard the part about the rich having to pay their fair share.

340 days ago
270.

Peter Gozinya    

She should get 3 years in jail. Plus costs, plus court people's salaries, plus penalties, plus interest.

340 days ago
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