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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Singer Lauryn Hill sentenced to 3 months in prison for tax evasion

Despite paying her back taxes in full, singer Lauryn Hill, has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for tax evasion.

At her last court hearing Lauryn Hill was given two weeks to come up with $500,000 toward her $1.8 million tax debt. According to reports, Lauryn Hill paid $900,000 to the IRS on Sunday but it wasn't enough to keep her from getting locked up.

Yesterday Monday May 6th, Ms Hill was sentenced to three months in jail, a $60,000 fine, and one year probation. She must report to prison on July 8th to start serving her sentence. Before she was sentenced, Lauryn Hill said something. Find it after the cut...

Before she was sentenced Lauryn Hill explained,
"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. 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."

67 comments:

abiola balogun said...

1st to comment ....yayyyy

Anonymous said...

Go girl, what doesn't kill you would make you stronger, just serve ur time and get some good music out there and hopefully get yourself back on your feet.

Anonymous said...

too bad,money slow to enter

ExoticEyez MiMi said...

Can this ever happen in Nigeria? Sending a star to jail? Naaaaaa Maybe in another lifetime not now when the rich and famous are regarded as demi gods in obodo naija

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

What's the correlation with slavery and tax evasion? SMH!

Anonymous said...

Please she should kindly shut up....

Anonymous said...

What is all this slavery talk????....whether you are white or black IRS will come after you if you don't report everything while filing your taxes. Ask Donald Trump how much he pays in taxes. thats why the guy keeps giving to charity so that he wont have everything garnished......She is now playing the victim. Abeg go and sit down somewhere, you cant cheat the system. At least not in America. They will eventually come after you even if its 50 years Down the line.

Anonymous said...

Oh Lord!!!.....she had to pull the race/slavery card...Typical of African Americans when they get into trouble......common now, its getting old. NEXT>>>>

Anonymous said...

Tell her to go to hell and pay her stupid tax. Am sick and tired lf blacks hiding behind racism. I pay my tax notwithstanding i do not make 500.000 dollars in a year. what has beig a slave got to do with it. rubbish. You enjoy good roads and other good things in america, how do you think the govt pay for it.

Anonymous said...

Right on Uncle Sam. Funny, majority of nigerians should be fined/imprisoned for tax evasion then

bitchplis said...

Eeya...I hope she has made arrangement about how her 7 kids will be properly taken care of in the course of her incarceration...

LOTR said...

How convenient to play the slavery card. What? you need affirmative action to file your tax returns too? How typical. Blame everyone but yourself!

forensic brain said...

And they are yet to sentence Nice for Nepa bill evasion....

Ady said...

Really sad , she looks croaked .

Anonymous said...

Black celebs r always struggling with depts. Smh

Anonymous said...

@ anonymous 3:44pm,I soo second ur opinion.....Really dumb pulling d *Slavery/race* card @ ds hour,
"I was put into a system I didn't know the nature of. I'm a child of former slaves" except u were born&grow up in somalia ll dt Shit count.... Sis u were wrong..Jst accept,serve ur tym&u'll b fyn.

Anonymous said...

Yeah lauren, it is likened to slavery. Only that this time it's mental slavery caused by your own hands due to your ignorance. You are paying the price of financial recklessness. You got what you deserved cause you ought to have known better.Ignorance is no excuse. Serves you right!!
The good nigerian.

Anonymous said...

She has no point saying that,the system does the same to the white people also.case closed

ChiChiLuv said...

The I to the R to the S don't care if you are a celebrity or not, when they come for you, they are taking you down. Every year, I pray "baba God, make them no take eye see me o, take ear hear me o! Blind them to my money o in Jesus name, AMEN!" LOL I'm serious you all.

On a more serious note, she should have saved the unnecessary statement, had the expensive lawyers do the talking and make arrangements for her affair during her three months absence. People who make way less than she does such as MYSELF make sure that April 15 doesn't catch us without our annual visit to the accountants office with budgeoning boxes of receipts. The only people not required to file are those who are below the poverty line and Ms. Hill is very very far from the poverty line.

Well, she will be fine. She can write some really good music from this experience.

TOLUWALASHE'S BOO said...

Why did she have to bring slavery into this?
I agree whites are despicable but she needn't bring the past into this.

Anonymous said...

This is messed up. How can they do this?? Sssssssso angry

Sliyng said...

I would wonder why one would have to pay for those that refuse to work forcefully.

Souleymon said...

Why should one forcefully Pay for those that refuse to work
They go after those that have had the money

Anonymous said...

Its the law and i bet you know it!!

Tax evasion is a crime and and a punishable offense why liken it to racism

Anonymous said...

Lauryn Hill you no well you hear? What a cop out! How can you claim ignorance of tax laws in a place like the USA where it's almost like committing murder if you evade tax. Your record company would certainly have assigned you a finance manager. There have been many examples of artists etc falling foul of the law on tax issues. You didn't learn from that? abi you no buy T.V. with some of those $m sales revenue share? You spent the money on jamo weed with Damien Marley, talk true?

Prince Ehis said...

May God help her

Prince Ehis said...

May God help her

Anonymous said...

Hill's problem began when she began to smoke ganja and went to live in Jamaica and married a son of Bob Marley... now left high and dry... she stills has it in her system... lucky its only 3 months.

Anonymous said...

Ladies and gentlemen, the negative effects of marijuana...

Anonymous said...

Just bcos you paid doesn't mean you can't/won't be jailed...the law is the law...jail time is the punishment/deterrent from breaking the law...is like someone stealing and then he returns the money and then asking "why am I being jailed?"....you already committed a crime and there are consequences

Anonymous said...

Pay your taxes...stop hustling backwards...

Hrm paul ojeih said...

poor dear 50million copies is not beans dat is huge for an artist but truth be told she stopped making music she stopped writing songs she quit her acting career and went on child bearing spree and dat bastard Damian Marley ruined her life and am sure wyclef is laughing Lauryn hill just don't get it with her stautus 10 years ago after Arith Franklin chaka khan Whitney Houston she was the next legend in soul music and even in the hip hop game she threw that away

Anonymous said...

slavery? Really?! The drugs she's doing done really cloud her mind...SMH

BLOGLORD said...

ehyaaaa

Anonymous said...

LMAO. 'A system I didn't know the nature of'? She just insulted all the African American people in America! How many years does she need to "understand the system"? She doesn't understand the concept of paying tax? When she was making millions she didn't realise that you should always have an accountant if you don't know what you should pay in taxes? If she's referring to "slavery" she had better be speaking for people of all races who have to pay tax and even that's laughable. Abeg,some of us across the Atlantic have more serious problems

Anonymous said...

Abeg dont drag Africa and slavery into this.when you were making money there was no slavery.may be you should come and live in Nigeria so that you save us this insult.............................visit the newest blog on political issues www.africaintels.com.Boko haram is political not religious

Anonymous said...

Playing the victim indeed. Ziggy Marley ruined her life..What a waste of talent!
I pray she pulls through and find the means to achieve a postive end.

*LibHead*

Anonymous said...

You such an idiot.
Is this what you have to say about this......?
In your tiny mind. Ish.
Sheba#

Anonymous said...

Its deep. You will never understand it. Its not for the shallow minded.
Smh for you.

Anonymous said...

Oh shut up miss America.

Anonymous said...

You such an idiot.
Is this what you have to say about this......?
In your tiny mind. Ish.
Sheba#

Anonymous said...

Its deep. You will never understand it. Its not for the shallow minded.
Smh for you.

Anonymous said...

OLODO. THIEF!!! When you were making money you dey enjoy. Now wey dem don catch you na him you remember slavery. You do well (in Ini Edo's local voice)

Anonymous said...

Easier than raising $1 million although you will lose a lot of privileges after and the tag convict will follow you the rest of your life

Apple said...

Slavery??? Racism??? I BEG SHUT UP!!! Pay your tax!

Anonymous said...

She broke the law and will pay for it. That is the way the World works. Nigerians wake up to the reality that outside Nigeria lawlessness des not pay. Has nothing to do with slavery!

adiza osilama said...

COME TO NAIJA GIRL, WE DON'T PAY TAX HERE.

Anonymous said...

Hello People! First of all we are all slaves to the system and Lauren may of tried to avoid it and got caught but trust me your favorite celebs and rich millionaires avoid it for more than half of what they earn and that's why they remain rich. Maybe she wasn't so smart as they are but as far as i'm concerned we"re all slaves to the system and freedom is only a state of mind or if you are THAT rich that you never got to think about theses issues. Some of you need to learn to read between the line instead of taking everything so literally. DAMN!

Michael said...

All these foolish celebrities. They make money and chop it well well but when tax office catch them it's now they will remember they were in economic paradigm. You go sing am tire for prison. Gawa biko jor

Anonymous said...

She is very lucky she got 3 months only

Olaleye Adisa said...

The gud the bad and ugly.

Anonymous said...

So still try to report on July 8 okay? No excuse; slavery, racism, whatever...

Anonymous said...

Ibinabor nigeria celebrity went 2 prison 4 kill a boy wt her car after enough sayo.

Anonymous said...

All this people that yabbing their mouth need to close their mouth, if you are not paying taxes in the U.S. When you keep working hard and making money and they you get your paycheck back and almost half of it is gone in taxes to pay for some lazy people who don't want to work. Tell me what form of slavery that is bigger than that.Monkey dey work babbon dey chop. Smh. But Lauren should have known that the IRS don't play with their money.

Sayo said...

Shut up dummy....lyk yu aint black...n its debts!

Sayo said...

Heheheehehe...she's tryna say she's enslaved to her money,so she can't let it go....hehehehehee

Anonymous said...

thats y she serving 3 months in prison...she still doesnt believe she should pay the tax hahaha

i love lauryn hill! she has been thru a lot im expecting great music!

Make-Up by Teju Tobun said...

When will we take tax serioz in nigeria sef, lets make it a better place, the other day, one of the Psquare BabyDaddy said, ppl dat wear suit n tie work for him.. Ironically, its those ppl dat pay their tax monthly...to make nigeria a better place ...i hope dey go after dem we dey get deir billions for shows, build houses n flaunt on social media ... Really, we gotta be realistic..

Anonymous said...

Sharrap, it is not deep...everyone is required to pay tax, not just black people.
Maybe if we had a functioning tax system and people paid tax in nigeria, it will be a better country.

Anonymous said...

She paid 900000 nd still goes to jail,wat of dose hardened criminals wich dey let out on bail SMH

yinka ajijedidun said...

if you're simple minded u will shun her and say IRS is the big boy.all shud go back and follow history,why she left the music front and the betrayals.too much one sided perception.

Eze Chukwumereze said...

But the president is black, or will they make a n*gga a slave? Stop playing the slave card. Afterall the whites go to jail for tax evasion. and Mr abiola balogun congratulations.

Anonymous said...

This is not matter of MISS AMELIKA. im off to pay 200 bucks in the morning for a bitchass ticket i couldve used slavery to fight as well. the guy really pulled me over coz my music was beasting but how for prove am???? Considering this counyry will feed you when u r starving and give you time upon time to settle bills its really nothing so she shd pls sheht d fakk up. thats why blk ppl here make me want to vomit. these baby moda whores always thinking something is owed to them. i now try avoid them like plague with their bastad offspring

Eze Chukwumereze said...

*will they make a slave a president I mean.Linda pls post

okorodudu said...

ChiChiLuv took the words right out of my mouth... she may find the experience worthwhile.

Fela churned out bigger baddass music after he came out of jail.

2nd base jare!

Anonymous said...

NEXT TIME, PAY YAH TAXES

Anonymous said...

In Nigeria i have been paying tax since i started working and that has been for 7 years now, no good roads the roads keep getting worst by the day even though i use pay as you go meter i hardly see light. to park in public places area boys harass me for parking fee. i will gladly pay them taxes in america at least i ll see where my money is going. Take heart Lauryn