Lauryn Hill Begins Prison Sentence For Tax Charges
Lauryn Hill began serving her three-month prison sentence in Connecticut today. The singer-rapper had owed about $1 million in taxes.
Lauryn Hill began serving her three-month prison sentence today (July 8) for not paying about $1 million in taxes, according to abcnews.com. The Grammy-winning singer-rapper reported to federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, today according to Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons, as per ABC.
Hill will be serving her sentence in a minimum security facility. Inmates at minimum security prisons often live in open, dormitory-style housing and typically work maintenance, food service and landscaping jobs while incarcerated, according to the story.
Upon her release from prison, Hill will be under parole supervision for a year, the first three months of which will be spent under home confinement, according to ABC.
Hill pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million of income generated from 2005 to 2007, as per ABC. Her sentencing also considered unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought her total earnings to about $2.3 million.
In May, Hill was sentenced in Newark, New Jersey. Hill had said that she did not pay the outstanding taxes because she was no longer in the music industry and that she left the music industry in order to protect her six children and herself, according to reports.
At her sentencing in May, Hill's attorney sought probation, claiming that Hill's charitable works, her family circumstances and the fact she paid back the $900,000 in taxes she owed should merit consideration, according to ABC.
Nonetheless, the court handed down Hill's three-month sentence and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Moser said that Hill's explanation for her failure to pay the taxes was "a parade of excuses centering around her feeling put upon" that did not relieve her of her tax responsibilities, as per ABC.
In April, Hill wrote a letter addressing her tax problems on her Tumblr page. In June, she posted another piece criticizing "America's particular brand of hypocrisy" on her Tumblr page.