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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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T.C. Mits    

Evidently her album "The miseducation of Lauryn Hill", is in reference to her ignorance of U.S. tax laws

505 days ago
107.

Lynn317    

WHAT! Her parents were both professionals in this country (high school English teacher and computer programmer) and she was accepted into an IVY league school - Columbia University ... yet she claims she didn't understand the concept of filing and paying taxes. She was in a better position to understand our tax system than the majority of Americans.
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Her bizarre reasoning is about as irrational as any lame excuse gets.
Considering what her REAL background was like ... she should have gotten off on an insanity plea.

505 days ago
108.

Asoil    

Too bad Lauren's name isn't Lohan, the Judge would probably pay off the remaining balance for her.

505 days ago
109.

VOUDOU    

Trout mouth racist so gd dmn unpleasant to look at. She could have starred with Louis Gossett Jr in Enemy Mine as his love interest. 6 kids by 6 fathers that woke up next to that fu(#ing nightmare

505 days ago
110.

KELLI    

Lauren goes to jail...Lyndsey get yet another Rehab stint...wowwwwwwww

505 days ago
111.

Ann    

She has got to be so jealous of Lindsay Lohan, who gets away with everything!

505 days ago
112.

JiLL1    

How "shocking" that she's not taking any responsibility. What a ditz

505 days ago
113.

roll3567    

She's a racist loon, but CEO's all over America evade corporate taxes and get huge bonuses while others go to prison.

505 days ago
114.

Fuck Celebrities    

Child of former slaves?????

She's 150 years old?

505 days ago
115.

HumanNature    

"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."


DIDN'T YOU GET PAID PLENTY OF $$$$$$$$$$$$$$?????


LAURYN


IT'S CALLED "CAPITALISM"!!!!!!

505 days ago
116.

JiLL1    

She should play the race card with our black president who all about the 1% to paying more in taxes.

505 days ago
117.

en Todo Momento!!    

totally agree about the whole slavery bit mentioned. and the sick trick with making such highly noted incomes, suddenly from one day to the next, is that you have to equally, suddenly 'hire' someone to 'write out the correct tax codes for you' a 'trained' (ahem..) expert, where you then have to hope they are not going to bail out with half of what you worked for. try to find an accountant who isn't going to run off with like 30-80% of your revenues and or profits. either way, if you don't 'understand' the tax system, you will get ripped off, be it via the government, the law system, or by a 'trained and expert accountant. either way, you will lose. better to not pay taxes, and hope for the best.

505 days ago
118.

Whaddayado    

That sentence seems a bit harsh considering she paid the tax debt in full. Nonetheless, she knows that you have to pay taxes on your earnings. Sensing some "douchebaggery" on both sides of that fence.

505 days ago
119.

DuckfaceJones    

Good. She's a racist piece of ****. Time for these Obama voters to start paying their FAIR SHARE!

Elections. Consequences. Don't blame me.

505 days ago
120.

DuckfaceJones    

Time for these Obama voters to start paying their fair share. Elections. Consequences.

505 days ago
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