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Lauryn Hill Sentencing: Singer Could Face 3 Years in Prison at Sentencing Hearing (VIDEO)

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By Jessica Rodriguez , Christian Post Contributor
May 6, 2013|12:59 pm
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    Grammy award winning singer Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill's sentencing takes place on Monday afternoon in a New Jersey court, with the singer possibly facing jail time for federal tax violations, according to reports.

It was previously reported that Hill could face up to a year in prison on each of three counts if convicted.

Previously in the case Hill pleaded guilty to not paying her federal taxes for a period running from 2005 through 2007.

According to reports she earned about $1.8 million through that period, but did not pay her owed taxes. She has since blamed personal issues as the reason why she did not pay.

Hill had claimed that she was "manipulated and threatened" and believed that she was in danger, so basically went into hiding. With all that going on in her personal life she neglected to pay her taxes, and di not do so intentionally.

A judge has said in the case that she only paid about $50,000 out of about half a million she owed in federal taxes over the period. The huge sum of money owed could mean that Hill faces a stronger penalty despite her claims of personal problems.

Just last month it was also reported that Hill could be evicted from her New Jersey home. The singer had been renting a mansion in South Orange, NJ since 2009, however, she has not fulfilled her rent payment requirements. Her landlord has filed a lawsuit seeking an order for her make immediate payment or to exit the mansion.

Regarding her tax case, Hill released a statement last year saying: "As my potential to work, and therefore earn freely, was being threatened, I did whatever needed to be done in order to insulate my family from the climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism that I was surrounded by."

She added, "This was absolutely critical while trying to find and establish a new and very necessary community of healthy people, and also heal and detoxify myself and my family while raising my young children."

The singer has urged the court not to imprison her, saying it would be easier for her to pay the back taxes "if she is placed on probation and continued to work."

Here is a video news report from 2012 on Hill's tax problems:

 

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