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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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91.

Areader    

She said what?....

472 days ago
92.

buggaz    

Bet she voted for Obama. Idiot womam.

472 days ago
93.

kelly    

Yeah Im American Indian....should I use the....They sole my land card?? Plssss you broke the law..own up grow up and shut up!!

472 days ago
94.

Onward    

What a whiny-ass answer! Really? You're so unaware of this land's laws that you're willing to take money from Americans but want to be able to ignore tax laws? How ignorant!

472 days ago
95.

Lynn317    

Lauren needed Lindsay Lohan's lawyer to use the defense of having "addiction problems" that lead to her confusion about paying taxes ... and she would spending this time in some luxurious rehab instead of prison.

472 days ago
96.

Jules    

Ok, you gotta pay your taxes. But why is LH penalty so much stiffer than Lindsay Lohan's? Lohan stole property from a retail store, TV sets, personal property at people's homes, drove drunk and high (too many times), violated her probation a gazillion times, caused a severe auto accident on PCH, harming the driver, and the passenger in her car, and lied to the police about it....now she is getting pampered at Betty Ford (oh, where she jumped the fence a few years ago, got drunk, and came back and physically assaulted an aide). Oh yeah, Lohan was
also guilty of not paying her taxes!!! Seem to recall that Charlie Sheen gave her $100,000 of his own money to pay off PART of her IRS bill, but she still owed a ton. Why is her white, freckled ass not being prosecuted for non-payment of taxes? Double standards

472 days ago
97.

Onward    

Also, her parents were a high school English teacher (mother) and a computer programmer (father) in New Jersey. Don't you just hate it when facts get in the way of excuses?

472 days ago
98.

USA#1    

What a sorry self entitled racist piece of ****. Still acting like she is the victim and playing the race card all the way to jail. This sorry excuse for a human being gives African Americans a bad rep. Pay what you owe like the rest of us and then if you don't like it get the hell out of the country.

472 days ago
99.

Celebrities Suck    

I bet if this was Lidnsey Lohan she'd walk free

472 days ago
100.

Fallopia Lopez    

Her parents were slaves? Assuming one or both of them were born into slavery in the final year thereof, and her mother was able to bear children into her 50's, that would make Lauryn exactly 99 years old. That, and the fact that she claims not to know of the existence of income tax, seem to indicate that she's a bit of a prevaricating, race-card-playing eeediot.

472 days ago
101.

the return of Pinhead    

Swiiiiiiiiinnnng looooooooowww, sweet chaaaaarrrrriot, Coming for to carry me home.

472 days ago
102.

PT    

Playing the slave card. Boo hoo hoo. Blacks aren't the only people who have been enslaved. Should'a got three years.

472 days ago
103.

What!     

Your situation DOES NOT COMPARE to the predicament my ancestors were in! How dare u compare?!

472 days ago
104.

bboy    

your minds are all enslaved...you should NEVER be put in jail over a monetary crime (in which you can die in jail). they could easlily make her pay what she owes and add a hefty fine and use that money for charity or something. its not doing anyone any good by locking her up away from her 6 children. being broke shouldnt be a crime. financial ignorance shouldnt be a crime. the slavery she is referring to is how Sony Records sold over 50,000,000 records (at apx $10 each = $500,000,000+) and she only saw a very small potion of that and couldnt afford to pay her tax debt...you people are so hateful that you dont realize youre brainwashed. go back to your reality shows...

472 days ago
105.

New Orleans    

Vomit producing scam artist. Lock her away for life where she can't pop out more kids.

472 days ago
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