Singer Lauryn Hill's sentencing for tax evasion has been postponed after the former Fugees star failed to make the repayments. The BBC reported that Hill pleaded guilty last year for not paying her taxes on her $1.8m earned from 2005 to 2007.
Judge Cox Arleo said to Hill's lawyer Nathan Hochman according to the BBC, "This is not someone who stands before the court penniless. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.''
In court it was revealed that she has paid back $50,000 of the $554,000, she was supposed to pay back after being charged with failing to file income tax returns.
"I fully expect that by 3 May, Ms Hill will be able to pay back all the restitution she has,'' Hochman said.
"The total Hill owes is in dispute. Hochman contends it is slightly less than $1 million, counting civil penalties and interest, while the U.S. attorney's office estimates it at a little more than $1 million. Hochman accused the government of trying to pad the amount because once it surpasses $1 million, the sentencing range for Hill under federal guidelines would increase from 24 to 30 months to 30 to 36 months," reported the Associated Press.
Hochman said that he would seek to get Hill a probationary sentence. Hochman said according to the AP that Hill was going to sign a loan against two properties that would allow her to pay back the remainder of the restitution before her next court date.
Hill started her career with The Fugees and continued with her solo career in 1998 with the album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
Hill got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the acclaimed album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
Hill wrote on the Internet at the time of her arrest in June, "When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes," she wrote. "This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family."
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