(AllHipHop News) Rapper/singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in federal prison today (May 6), for not reporting over $2 million in income over a five-year period.
Lauryn Hill appeared in court, where US Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo sentenced her to the prison stint, as well as another three months home confinement, with electronic monitoring.
Lauryn Hill had paid over $900,000 in restitution, including a $514,000 payment last week, in addition to signing a new $1 million record deal with Sony, in hopes of alleviating the situation with the IRS.
Hill told Judge Arleo that she intended to pay the tax debt, but she ran into problems after she went on hiatus from her music career, for personal reasons.
To compound her financial issues, late last month, Hill was sued for squatting in a New Jersey mansion, that she has been renting in South Orange, New Jersey, since 2009.
According to her landlord, Hill stopped paying her rent in March.
The singer denied the allegations via a Tumblr post.
“It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs,” Lauryn Hill wrote in a Tumblr post. “I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.”
On Friday, Lauryn Hill released her new single “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” under her new deal with Sony.