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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 7, 2013

Grammy award winning singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced to 3 months in prison last Monday after she was found guilty of tax evasion.

The former Fugee was convicted after she failed to pay income taxes on earnings of about $1.8 million. The sentence came down in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey and is a major setback for the critically acclaimed but reclusive artist whose solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” garnered the artist 8 Grammy awards.

The sentencing comes on the heels of Hill’s announcement that she will be releasing a new album. Hill pled guilty to the charges that she failed to pay her taxes between the years of 2005 and 2008. In addition to serving three months in prison Hill will was sentenced to three months of home confinement.

Hill also has to pay her penalties and taxes as well as a $60,000 fine. The income in question comes mostly from music and film royalties paid to companies she owned between 2005 and 2008.

Hill created controversy when she compared her legal troubles to slavery. She said that the majority of the money made off of her music was earned for other people. Hill said, “Some did the math, and it came to around $600 million, and I sit here before you trying to figure out how to pay a tax debt? If that’s not like enough to slavery, I don’t know.”

The fact that Hill has no prior criminal records and the fact that she has six minor children at home allowed the judge to be more lenient in his sentencing.

Shortly after her arrest last year, Ms. Hill said in a blog post that she had stopped making music to shield herself and her children from society. During her sentencing Hill said she does not make music for fame but instead for “emotional catharsis”

Her husband Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley, says he will take care of the couples 5 children during her absence.