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Singer Lauryn Hill pleads guilty to $1.8m tax evasion

Published 23/04/2013 | 05:00

FILE - This April 15, 2011 file photo shows singer Lauryn Hill performing during the 12th Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Hill faces sentencing in New Jersey on tax evasion charges. Hill pleaded guilty last June to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005-2007. She faces a maximum one-year jail term on each of the three counts when she's sentenced Monday, April 22, 2013.  (AP Photo/Spencer Weiner, file)
Lauryn Hill faces sentencing in New Jersey on tax evasion charges

EIGHT-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has admitted federal income tax evasion.

Hill pleaded guilty to not paying federal taxes on $1.8m (€1.37m) she earned over three years.

The 37-year-old mother of six could face up to three years in prison and at least $75,000 (€57,000) in fines when she is sentenced in November.

Her lawyer, Nathan Hockman, said the singer had been targeted because of her celebrity status. He said his client planned to pay back the taxes she owes.

At yesterday's hearing in Newark the judge ordered Hill to undergo mental health counselling as directed by pre-trial intervention services.

It is unclear why court mandated counselling is required for Hill and the judge refused to clarify any further.

Hill owns four corporations – Creations Music Inc, Boogie Tours Inc, L.H. Productions 2001 Inc and Studio 22 Inc – and generates most of her income from royalties from the recording and film industries.

Irish Independent

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