The singer plead guilty to tax evasion
Grammy award winning R&B star Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday (May 6th) to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on $1 million in earnings. The 37-year-old Hill pleaded guilty last year in the case.
ABC News reports that Hill made a forceful statement to the judge Monday claiming she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time in which she withdrew from the music business and public eye to raise her six children. The defense echoed an online statement she posted last year around the time of her arrest.
“I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that,” Hill says.
Hill didn’t specify what exactly caused her to be denied work.
Before the sentencing, her attorney claimed that Hill paid back more than the $970,000 that was to satisfy state and federal tax liabilities.
There’s been no word on when or where Hill will report to prison. Hill had faced a maximum of one year in prison for each of her three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.