Singer Lauryn Hill given 3-month sentence for tax evasion.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (REUTERS) - A U.S. judge sentenced Grammy-winning hip hop artist Lauryn Hill to three months in prison, three months in home confinement and a $50,000 (USD) fine on Monday (May 6) for federal tax evasion.
Hill had pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007.
On the eve of her scheduled sentencing, Hill paid off the balance of at least $504,000 in federal back taxes plus state taxes and penalties that brought the estimated total to more than $900,000, her attorney said on Sunday.
In April, a U.S. magistrate judge had admonished Hill for failing to make promised payments on her unpaid taxes ahead of her sentencing.
She had expected to raise the money from a new recording contract last fall but only paid $50,000 when she did not complete the expected tracks, her attorney said.
A new single by Hill, her first in several years, called "Neurotic Society," was posted on iTunes on Friday.
"Here is a link to a piece that I was 'required' to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline," her Tumblr page said on Saturday.