Grammy winning singer/rapper Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty today to “intentionally and willingly” not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.
Hill appeared in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey and admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007. Each count carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
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Wesley Snipes’ next role isn’t on the big screen, it will be in real life as Prisoner # 43355-018, in a three year jail sentence.
A federal judge evoked bail, rejected a new trial, and ordered the 48-year old actor to report to prison by the U.S. Marshal Service for failing to file tax returns.
Snipes reportedly earned more than $38 million since 1999 but had filed no tax return or paid any taxes through 2006.
It is not clear when the Brooklyn Finest star will be ordered to surrender to authorities and begin serving time. An attorney for Snipes said that they plan to appeal the ruling if a 2nd new trial was denied. The spokesperson also told the Orlando Sentinel that, “Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive.” —Ronke Idowu Reeves