Fugees frontwoman reports to jail
By Freestate On 15 Jul, 2013 At 02:24 PM | Categorized As Weekender | With 0 Comments

Hip hop artist Lauryn Hill leaves United States Court after a sentencing on federal tax evasion charges in NewarkDanbury

FUGEES frontwoman Lauryn Hill has started serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut for failing to pay about R10 million in taxes over the past decade.
Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons, this week said the Grammy-winning singer reported on Monday to the federal prison in Danbury.

She pleaded guilty last year in New Jersey to failing to pay taxes on more than R18 million earned from 2005 to 2007.
The New Jersey resident had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts of failing to file taxes.
In addition to serving three months in prison, Hill was forced to pay a R605 000 fine.
After she is released from prison, she will be under parole supervision for a year, the first three months of which will be spent under home confinement.

Her attorney had sought probation, arguing that Hill’s charitable works, her family circumstances and the fact that she paid back the taxes she owed should merit consideration.
Assistant US Attorney Sandra Moser acknowledged Hill’s creative talent and work on behalf of impoverished children but called Hill’s explanation for her actions a parade of excuses centering around her feeling put upon that don’t exempt her from her responsibilities.
“She wasn’t interested in all those years in paying what she owed,” Moser told the judge.
At the time of her arrest last year, Hill wrote a criticism rejecting pop culture’s climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.
“Over-commercialisation and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual,”
Hill wrote.

“I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns.
“I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival.”
Hill has a lot of mouths to feed back home.

She has five children with Rohan Marley, son of Bob, and a sixth with another man.
She started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multiplatinum 1998 album titled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

– Sapa-AP

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