Lauryn Hill Sentenced To Prison Time

(Radio.com) Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in prison on Monday (May 6) for failure to pay taxes. The sentence also comes with three months of home confinement.

The former Fugees singer was given two weeks to pay $504,000 in back taxes before her sentencing in New Jersey, with additional state taxes and penalties bringing the total to $900,000. She paid off her debt in the ongoing tax evasion case just hours before her court appearance.

Hill plead guilty last year of failing to report income of more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007. After failing to make restitution in the case by her original April 22 court date, the judge postponed the payment deadline.

In April, as her sentencing date approached, TMZ reported that Hill asked for leniency, citing "terrifying threats." Hill's lawyer rebuffed the claims.

"We're not asking for leniency over 'terrifiying threats,'" Hill's attorney Nathan J. Hochman told Radio.com. "At sentencing, we will be seeking lenience from the judge based on who Ms. Hill is, what she has done positively in the past, what she does in the present, and what we hope she will be doing in the future. She is fully committed to paying back all her tax obligations going forward." more on this story

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