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Lauryn Hill Admits She Failed to Pay Taxes

Singer Lauryn Hill, who lives in South Orange, pleaded guilty in federal court today

today admitted that she failed to pay income taxes on nearly $2 million worth of income.

The singer and South Orange resident pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark to tax evasion for three years, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today. The maximum penalty for each charge is one year in prison plus fines and court costs.

Hill, best known for her work with fellow singer Wyclef Jean in the group The Fugees, and for her solo recording, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, waived her right to a trial, appearing today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Shipp. 

Attempts to reach Hill for comment were unsuccessful.

Hill was charged with three counts of failing to file tax returns with the IRS, for calendar years 2005, 2006 and 2007. Her income during those years totaled more than $1.8 million, according to documents filed in this case and statements made in court.

In addition to being an entertainer, Hill owned and operated four sub-chapter S corporations and had as her primary source of income royalties from the recording and film industries. The corporations include Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001, Inc. and Studio 22, Inc.

t that time her income for the three years in question was estimated at $1.6 million.

via a post on her Tumblr account. She described the years in question as "this period of crisis."  Hill explains that, after "having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance." She then stepped back from the limelight, and "I have remained what others would consider underground."

Hill, who graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, won five Grammy awards, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year. She and her six children live in South Orange.

Hill is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 27, 2012.

J S Beckerman June 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
That is neither breaking news nor relevant to Millburn. The Millburn Patch needs a permanent editor dedicated to Millburn.
bill June 29, 2012 at 08:49 PM
it is a shame when 1%ers like Ms. Hill cheat the system.
Marcia Worth (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Hello: I posted this news from the South Orange site. If you care to discuss, please feel free to get in touch: 973 862 9205. Thank you. Marcia Worth
J S Beckerman June 29, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Marcia: No need to discuss, but this is not newsworthy for Millburn. The Patch is not nj.com and is starting to post news relevant to other towns. We need a Millburn-centric editor.
profwilliams June 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I got this from my Montclair Patch and found it of local interest. My simple view is that "local" touches the bounds of our community. For many in Essex County, saying Ms. Hill is from "around the way" is always fun. With that, the prof in Montclair says thank you for posting this. Local cannot be so limiting as to never step past the bounds of a single community. So long as most of the posts here concern "local" issues, I'm fine with a few national, international, or like here, outer community news.
Benjamin Myers June 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I don't think its an editor issue. Most likely an issue with how the site is constructed when stories are listed as "BREAKING:"
Joel June 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I concur with J S Beckerman! The Millburn-Short Hills Patch seems to be getting more and more "watered down." How about a story interviewing the Police Chief, School Supt. etc. or new businesses opening downtown (there are several others in addition to the one you just reported?) If I'm interested in hearing about what is going on in South Orange, I can read their Patch.
KLF June 30, 2012 at 01:44 AM
It's not so bad that there are regional or state stories. But I think there should be headers -- say, In Millburn, In the Region, In the State -- differentiated with designated colors, to signal for each article what it covers.
Clive June 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM
You all should allow the patches to evolve - too much restrictions will cause a good thing to die on the vibe. If you don't like an article or Breaking news then ignore it or don't read it through. My BLackBerry as never bothered me - I am the one picking it up. I am sure jou get the point. Always remember tolerance of others - including whatever they briing to the table is not only a reflection on your intellect, but the wellspring of good dialogue and comunial growth. Enjoy your summer and don't allow trivialities to spoil the fun - what we think as individual is always worthwhile but usually not paramount.
Keith Dent June 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM
This is a national story because Lauryn Hill is a celebrity that happens to be from Essex County. I applaud the Patch for posting it.
m June 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I'm with Jeff on this one-we probably have many tax cheats in town that would be of far greater interest than Hill
Clive June 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Supressing the news is always a bad option - news is news Breaking or Broken - let's not thwart the will of the silent many to satisfy most vocal few. Suggestion: To accomodate some - a color coded designation of breaking news may me a contributary solution towards the unyielding arc of not stopping catalytic dialogue.
profwilliams June 30, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Deciding whether or not a story is "local" or not is certainly not "suppressing" news. Here, Ms. Hill's tax confession was everywhere. If Patched had deemed it non-local enough, it could not be accused of suppressing it. Moreover, with the many media outlets, to suppress a story will take the agreement of such a vast group of folks, all with varied interests, I think it's hard to see something like Kennedy's back problems or "lady" problems not getting out today. Ask John Edwards if anything was suppressed (though the mainstream media did ignore it, thankfully the National Enquirer did not). And the Gov asking the media to not report on an element of a story for "national security" is not suppressing. (I also realize that Patch is competing for eyes and page views with a few other local blogs. So making something "breaking" might have as much to do with having a story first in the local blog wars than anything else.)
M.Moore June 30, 2012 at 02:00 PM
There is a much better source for local Millburn-Short Hills news and that is The Alternative Press. Patch is now full of silly polls that mean nothing and regional not local news. About the only thing worthwhile for me any more are the open house listings on Saturday and the real estate closings on Sunday.
Clive June 30, 2012 at 03:09 PM
If the construct is blinkered and selective by geography to determine appropriate broken news - the go ahead use your option of choice apply your own filters - you don't have to read it Breaking or Broken - your preference should not deprive me of mine. What color would you take out of the rainbow and would that be yellow?
Joel June 30, 2012 at 07:15 PM
M. Moore..................I agree. If one's goal is to find a venue which focuses on local Millburn-Short Hills news, The Alternative Press seems to be a better option!
Denise June 30, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I hope the judge has mercy on Lauryn Hill and that she won't have to serve any jail time, but a hefty fine instead. I wonder if she has filed taxes since 2007. If so, maybe the judge will show some leniency.
Chris Hildebrand July 01, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I agree with Denise, if Lauryn Hill is allowed to work and increase her tour schedule she will not only please her fans, but more importantly be allowed to earn the money to pay her back taxes and whatever fine is ruled fair and just. Why put a women with six children in jail, as a punishment, when the alternative will benefit the government and so many others. She is being punished for being a celebrity and a local woman who has had a brilliant music career. She gave it up to raise her children and that is to be commended.
Steven Serebrenik July 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Dear Chris, Are you saying that anyone who has given up her career to have a family should be exempt from taxes? I'm sorry, I see no logic to your argument. No excuses...Cheating is Cheating.
Hedley July 01, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Ask Wesley Snipes how that worked out.
DS July 01, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I Understand Short Hills is about 5 min away from South Orange. It's a great story, keep it up!!!!!!! J.S berkerman has no clue
Hedley July 01, 2012 at 03:25 PM
What's so great about yet another celebrity who thinks the rules don't apply to her?
Krock July 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
News is news no matter what town is reporting it!!!

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