Lauryn Hill was scheduled to be sentenced for tax evasion, but her case has been delayed. Find out why.
The former Fugees frontwoman is facing prison after pleading guilty to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007. She appeared before a federal judge, who postponed her sentencing to May 6 and scolded the Grammy winner for not making progress on the debt.
“This is not someone who stands before the court penniless,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo told Hill’s attorney, Nathan Hochman. “This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.”
During her appearance in the Newark courtroom for sentencing, it was also revealed that she has recently signed a lucrative deal with Sony.
According to TMZ, it has been expressed that the singer recently signed a million-dollar recording contract with her former label Sony and was planning to take out a $650,000 loan to pay off the $968,000 tax bill.
Hill faces several years in prison, but her attorney is seeking probation for the mother of six.