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Attorney: Singer Lauryn Hill Released From Conn. Prison

Hill Served Three Months In Jail For Failing To Pay Taxes
Lauryn Hill departs the court on May 6, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Hill pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in June 2012 for failure to pay federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005-2007. (credit: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Lauryn Hill departs the court on May 6, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Hill pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in June 2012 for failure to pay federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005-2007. (credit: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

DANBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Lauryn Hill‘s attorney said the R&B singer has been released from federal prison after serving time for failing to pay taxes.

Hill, 38, left the facility in Danbury, Conn., on Friday. Her attorney Nathan Hochman said he hasn’t had a chance to speak to his client yet.

The eight-time Grammy winning singer pleaded guilty last year to not paying taxes on more than $1.5 million earned from 2005 to 2007. She was sentenced in May to three months in prison and began serving time in July.

Under terms of her plea agreement, she’ll spend the next three months under home confinement.

Hill had faced up to a year in prison on each of three counts.

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, her attorney said she recently paid nearly $1 million to satisfy her state and federal tax liabilities.

The South Orange, N.J. 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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