Lauryn Hill Checks Into Prison For Sentence In Tax Evasion Case
DANBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – R&B singer Lauryn Hill has surrendered herself to the federal prison in Danbury, Conn., the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced Monday afternoon.
Hill, 38, was sentenced in May to three months in jail for tax evasion. She will also serve an additional three months of home confinement following her release.
According to authorities, Hill will serve her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, which is a minimum-security facility. She will be housed with the general population.
She pleaded guilty last June to not paying taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Earlier this year, a judge said Hill had paid only $50,000 of more than $500,000 she owed in federal taxes.
But prior to her sentence, Hill’s attorney said she recently paid nearly $1 million to satisfy her state and federal tax liabilities.
Hill had faced up to a year in prison on each of three counts.
The South Orange resident got her start with mid-90s group The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed multi-platinum album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
Following the huge success of that album, Hill largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children. She said in an online post that she didn’t pay her taxes since she withdrew from society in an effort to shield herself and her family.
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