Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill Out of Prison After Tax Evasion Conviction

She was in the same jail that the show "Orange is the New Black" was based on- you know, where all the girls make-out!

Lauryn Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer–songwriter, rapper, producer involved in Contemporary R&B, hip hop, neo soul, reggae fusion. She is also an actress.

Hill was a member of the group Fugees -- short for refugees -- with other members of the group rapper/singer/producer Wyclef Jean and rapper Pras Michel.

In June 2012, Lauryn Hill was charged with three counts of tax evasion for not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million of income earned between 2005 and 2007. On June 29, 2012, Hill appeared in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark and pled guilty to the charges; her attorney said she would make restitution for the back taxes she owed. By April 22, 2013, Hill had paid back only $50,000 of the $554,000 she owed immediately; U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo criticized Hill, saying "This is not someone who stands before the court penniless. This is a criminal matter.

On May 6, 2013, Judge Arleo sentenced Hill to serve in prison for three months for tax evasion and will face three months house arrest afterwards as part of a year of supervised probation. She had faced a possible sentence of as long as 36 months, and the sentence given took into account her lack of a prior criminal record and her six minor-aged children. By this point Hill had fully paid back $970,000 in back taxes and penalties she owed, which also took into account an additional $500,000 that Hill had in unreported income for 2008 and 2009.

Hill reported to the minimum-security Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury on July 8, 2013, to begin serving her sentence, and was released on October 4, 2013.

Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series[1] created by Jenji Kohan that first aired on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Lionsgate Television, is based on Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, a memoir about her experiences in prison. Orange Is the New Black stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, a woman imprisoned for transporting drug money. Orange Is the New Black  also stars Laura Prepon as Alex Vause, a drug dealer and Piper's ex-girlfriend; Michael J. Harney as prison counselor Sam Healy; Michelle Hurst as Miss Claudette, a fellow inmate; Kate Mulgrew as the inmate cook "Red," and Jason Biggs as Piper's fiancĂ©, Larry Bloom.