Grammy-Winning Singer Lauryn Hill Faces Sentencing In Tax Evasion Case
NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Singer Lauryn Hill is expected to be sentenced for tax evasion in New Jersey.
The eight-time Grammy Award winner is due in court in Newark on Monday afternoon.
Hill pleaded guilty last June to failing to pay taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Hill admitted she didn’t pay taxes on about $818,000 earned in 2005, $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007. The money was earned by four corporations she owned.
She faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $100,000 fine on each of the three counts.
The South Orange resident got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” The album was praised by critics for its incisive lyrics and synthesis of rap and soul. It sold 8 million copies.
She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of famed reggae singer Bob Marley.
Hill said in an online post that she had not paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family.
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