Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Prison for Tax Evasion
The "thing" about not paying your taxes is that there are consequences.
Lauryn Hill was sentenced on May 6 to three months in prison for tax evasion, even though she claims to have paid off her debt of almost a million dollars, according to the Associated Press.
The 37-year-old R&B singer behind hits like "Doo Wop (That Thing)" reportedly paid $970,000 prior to her court hearing.
However, that wasn't enough to keep the judge from sentencing her to three months in federal prison for not paying taxes on her $1.8 million in earnings from 2005 to 2007.
After prison, Lauryn will spend another three months on house arrest and then nine months in supervised release.
Lauryn must begin her sentence by July 8, although it has yet to be decided where she will serve.
Needless to say, Lauryn wasn't thrilled about the news. She issued a statement to the judge, saying that she was unable to pay her taxes while she dropped out of the public eye to protect her six children.
"I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that," she cryptically told the court.
"I was put into a system I didn't know the nature of," Lauryn added. "I'm a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me."
"I sold 50 million units," she pointed out. "Now, I'm up here paying a tax debt. If that's not likened to slavery, I don't know what is."
Lauryn rose to fame as a member of The Fugees in the mid-'90s and saw her 1998 debut album go eight-times platinum and win five Grammys.