NEWARK, – A U.S. magistrate judge sentenced Grammy-winning hiphop artist Lauryn Hill to three months in prison, three months in home confinement and a $60,000 fine on Monday for federal tax evasion. Hill pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million of income between 2005 and 2007 and faced up to three years in prison.
Hill has attributed her failure to pay taxes to years of pressure she experienced as a recording star while raising six children, forcing her to go underground and stay out of the public eye.
On the eve of her scheduled sentencing, Hill paid $504,000 in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and another $420,000 to the state of New Jersey, her attorney told the court. She still owes another $285,000 in interest and penalties.
“When the government is asking for 36 months and the judge gives three months, I think the judge gave a fair and reasonable sentence,” Hill’s attorney Nathan Hochman told reporters.
Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 30 months to the maximum of 36 months.