Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion, Faces Three Years in Prison [Details]

Rucuss staffJune 29, 2012

Singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in federal court Friday.

Hill failed to file three years of taxes on income of $1.8 million and could face up to three years in prison and $75,000 in fines for her offenses. She pled guilty to three counts of failure to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007.

The mother of six children was released on $150,000 bail and ordered by the Judge to undergo mental health counseling as directed by pre-trial intervention services. She will be sentenced in late November.

“There are many people in society who fail to file their taxes on time who only face civil liability,” Hill’s attorney Nathan Hockman to NJ.com. “They chose Ms. Hill in particular because of who she was.”

Lauryn Hill Responds To NJ Tax Evasion Charges and Why She Left Music Industry

Hill posted a lengthy explanation on Tumblr about failing to file her taxes on her personal website. Hill claimed withdrew from society to keep herself and her family safe from pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”

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