Lauryn Hill is a free woman once again. She was released from federal prison after serving her 3-month sentence for tax evasion this morning.
Lauryn did her sentence at the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.
According to TMZ, Lauryn Hill has checked into a federal prison in Connecticut to begin serving a three-month sentence on tax evasion charges.
Lauryn checked into the Federal Correctional Institution just before noon today. She pled guilty to three counts of tax evasion late last year for failing to file returns on $1.8 million earned in the years 2005 and 2007.
Lauryn will be held in general population in the “barracks type” minimum security facility.
I want to extend a sincere thank you to the following people, who wrote letters to the judge on my behalf:
Linda Banks, Edison, NJ
Binna Choi, Beijing, China
Hafiz Farid, East Orange, NJ
Miriam Anne Banks Farrakhan, Union, NJ
Vincent Gardner, New York, NY
Michael Green, Fair Bluff, NC
Elitta Harden, Ft Worth, TX
Mrs. Valarie Hill, South Orange, NJ
Maureen Hogan, Jersey City, NJ
Walter Jones, New York, NY
Read more of Lauryn Hill’s blog entry after the jump!
Lauryn Hill was sentenced today to three months in prison and three months of home confinement with electronic monitoring for not reporting more than $2.3 million in income by intentionally failing to file tax returns for five years. Lauryn will also have to do 9 months of supervision after her release.
The judge ordered Lauryn Hill to report to prison by July 8.
Hill was present during the hearing, and delivered a statement to the judge in which she compared her situation to slavery.
“I was put into a system I didn’t know the nature of. … I’m a child of former slaves. I got into an economic paradigm and had that imposed on me,” Hill said.
She continued, “I sold 50 million units … now I’m up here paying a tax debt. If that’s not likened to slavery, I don’t know what is.”
Lauryn Hill has paid off the balance of more than $900,000 she owed in back taxes and penalties to the IRS, her attorney said on Sunday.
Lauryn Hill is scheduled for sentencing on federal tax evasion charges tomorrow.
She faces up to a year in jail for each charge, but the final sentence is expected to be adjusted based on her repayment of the money, her attorney said.
“Ms Hill has not only now fully paid prior to sentencing her taxes, which are part of her criminal restitution, but she has additionally fully paid her federal and state personal taxes for the entire period under examination through 2009,” her attorney, Nathan Hochman, said in an email.
Lauryn Hill entered a guilty plea to failing to file tax returns and now she’s faces 3 years in prison!
Lauryn Hill pled guilty today to three counts of failure to file tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007 — when she earned more than $1.8 million.
When the judge asked if Hill “intentionally and willingly” failed to file the returns, she replied, “Yes.”
In addition to the 3 years behind bars, Lauryn Hill faces $75,000 in fines.
Hill was released on $150,000 bail. Her sentencing hearing is set for November.