Tax Evasion Sentencing For Lauryn Hill Delayed




Tax Evasion sentencing for Lauryn Hill was delayed today  but not before the judge scolded Ms. Hill publicly:


Lauryn N. Hill, the Grammy-winning singer who admitted failing to pay three years of income tax, was granted an adjournment of her sentencing so that she can make a criminal restitution payment of $504,000.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline C. Arleo in Newark, New Jersey, postponed the hearing today until May 6 after expressing her displeasure with Hill’s failure to keep her promise to make the payment before her sentencing.

“Actions should speak louder than words, and there’s never been any effort made here to pay the taxes,” Arleo said. “I can’t tell you how strongly I feel about this issue.”

Hill’s attorney Nathan Hochman promised that Hill will make the payment by May 3, and that she is arranging $650,000 in real-estate loans. Hochman has asked the judge to sentence Hill to probation, saying she cares for six children and has a long record of charitable contributions.

Hill, 37, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts on June 29, admitting that she failed to file tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 200

It was revealed Monday in court in Newark that Hill has paid $50,000. U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo criticized her for relying on the promise of a recording contract to pay the tax bill. Hill left the court without commenting. She faces a maximum one-year jail term on each of three counts.

The South Orange resident got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of famed reggae singer Bob Marley.

Hill said in an online post that she had not paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family.

Hill earned good notices when she performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2011.