An eight-time Grammy winner, New Jersey native Lauryn Hill rose to fame as a member of the hip-hop group The Fugees. The height of her career came with her solo album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, which was both a critical and commercial success for the singer. But following that success, Hill largely receded from the public eye.
On May 6, 2013, Hill was sentenced to three months in prison, three months of home confinement, and a $60,000 fine for failing to pay taxes on $1.8 million of income between 2005 and 2007. She faced up to three years of prison time.
According to press reports, Hill blamed her failure to pay taxes on industry and the family pressure of raising six children.
"I was being conceived of as a cash cow – not as a person," Hill told the court, according to a report in the Star Ledger. "I took myself away from society…because there were veiled threats."
According to Reuters, Hill paid $504,000 in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and another $420,000 to the state of New Jersey. She still owed another $285,000 in interest and penalties, her attorney reportedly told the court.