US soul singer Lauryn Hill released from jail after tax dodge

 

Singer Lauryn Hill walking from federal court in Newark, New Jersey, on April 22, 2013. Hill's attorney says she has been released from federal prison on Oct 4 after serving time for failing to pay taxes. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

Singer Lauryn Hill walking from federal court in Newark, New Jersey, on April 22, 2013. Hill’s attorney says she has been released from federal prison on Oct 4 after serving time for failing to pay taxes. — FILE PHOTO: AP

NEW YORK CITY (AFP) – Grammy-winning American soul singer Lauryn Hill was released from a United States prison on Friday after being jailed in July for failing to file her tax returns on time, her lawyer said.

The 38-year-old is a former member of The Fugees, famous for hits such as Killing Me Softly and whose 1996 album The Score became one of the best-selling hip hop albums of all time.

Hill will now serve three months house arrest after leaving a low-security federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, 112km from New York City.

Her lawyer Nathan Hochman told Agence France-Presse that his client had paid back nearly US$1 million (S$1.25 million) owed in federal and state taxes after making a guilty plea in court.

“She was released today and now she begins a one-year period of probation,” Hochman said. The year starts with the three months confinement at home.

Hochman said he had not yet spoken to his client since her release.

The Fugees won a clutch of Grammys in 1997. Hill’s 1998 solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released to rave reviews, went platinum and earned her several more awards.

Source: AFP.