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Lauryn Hill Pays Bill in Tax Evasion Case

Singer makes restitution on the eve of her sentencing hearing

May 6, 2013 8:35 AM ET
 Lauryn Hill performs in Paris, France.
Lauryn Hill performs in Paris, France.
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Lauryn Hill has paid off hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes she owed on the eve of her sentencing in a federal tax evasion case, her lawyer told Reuters. The singer is due in U.S. District Court this morning in Newark, New Jersey, after pleading guilty last year to failing to report income of more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007.

Her lawyer said Hill has repaid $504,000 she owed to the federal government, along with state taxes and penalties that brought the total amount to more than $900,000. "Ms. Hill has not only now fully paid prior to sentencing her taxes, which are part of her criminal restitution, but she has additionally fully paid her federal and state personal taxes for the entire period under examination through 2009," the lawyer, Nathan Hochman, wrote in an e-mail.

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Last month a judge criticized Hill for not keeping a promise to make restitution in the case, and gave her two additional weeks to pay what she owed. Hill had paid only about $50,000.

Hochman said the singer raised the rest of the money with a loan secured by two pieces of real estate. Hill recently announced she had teamed with Sony to put out new music, and last week released the new song "Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)."

The U.S. attorney's office and the Internal Revenue Service declined to comment on the case.

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