Lauryn Hill may have forked over a good amount of money, but that didn’t stop the judge from giving the celeb jail time.
The Fugees singer was sentenced to three months in prison, E! News confirms, despite paying off a court-ordered retribution sum of $554,000 that she owed the IRS and additional state taxes and penalties (totaling close to $1 million) prior to her hearing for tax-evasion charges in New Jersey today.
In addition to jail time, Hill was sentenced to one year of probation, with three months of that one year being spent on house arrest.
However, it could have been worse. The star’s sentencing was lessened after the court considered her recent payout and other deciding factors.
Nathan Hochman, Hill’s attorney, tells E! News, “The Court today viewed the totality of Ms. Hill’s circumstances—her incredible career, her decades of charitable works, her responsibilities to her six children, her full acceptance of responsibility for her actions, and her voluntary and full payment prior to sentencing of over $970,000 of back taxes owed—in rejecting the government’s request for a 36 month prison sentence and sentencing Ms. Hill to 3 months of prison and 1 year of probation, 3 months of which to be spent in house arrest.”
Hill pleaded guilty in June of 2012 to failing to report approximately $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007.
by Baker Machado