Last week we told you that 90’s songbird Lauryn Hill filed papers with the New Jersey courts in relation to her impending tax evasion case where it was revealed that she owed $1.8 million in back taxes. The documents requested that the courts take into consideration that “when she withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family,” she also stopped paying taxes. Today the singer was supposed to receive sentencing for the three counts of tax evasion being brought against her, but we’ve just learned that U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo has postponed sentencing in the case until May 6th.
NewJersey.com is reporting that Judge Arleo has granted Hill two weeks to pay $504,000 in back taxes. If she is unable to pay the specified amount by May 6th, she could face up to 30 months in prison.
It looks like Lauryn’s request for the judge presiding over her case to have a little mercy on her has been granted (sort of). Hopefully she is able to pay off the court ordered amount by the 6th and avoid having to serve any prison time. According to the Miami Herald, Hill has only paid off $50,000 of the owed money to date, although she had previously promised to pay $554,000 by her sentencing date.
“I fully expect that by May 3 Ms. Hill will be able to pay back all the restitution she has,” said Lauryn’s attorney Nathan Hochman.
We wish her the best!