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Unlike Wesley Snipes, Lauryn Hill managed to dodge a huge bullet yesterday. Hill was schedule to be sentenced on Monday for tax evasion, but her case was delayed for two weeks.  Hill was able to put off sentencing because of a new record deal with Sony.

According to TMZ, Hill’s attorney revealed that the singer recently signed a million-dollar recording contract with her former label Sony and was planning to take out a $650,000 loan to pay off the $968,000 tax bill.

Hill pleaded guilty to not  paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007. The Magistrate Judge scolded Hill on her negligence in paying off her debts.

“This is not someone who stands before the court penniless,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo told Hill’s attorney, Nathan Hochman. “This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.”

“I fully expect that by May 3 Ms. Hill will be able to pay back all the restitution she has,” Hill’s attorney told the judge.

Hill faces several years in prison, but her attorney is seeking probation for the mother of six.

If that’s not enough, there are also reports of Hill being evicted from the house she is currently renting in New Jersey.  Lauryn’s been renting a South Orange, New Jersey mansion since 2009.  As of last month, she stopped paying rent, so her landlord ran to court and filed a legal ultimatum.

Here’s hoping to a quick resolution to all of her troubles.

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  • Starla

    She is young enough to make a huge comeback. If Tina turner can do it, so can she. I wish her all the best.

  • tydub

    She’s a strong woman and I am sure she’ll make it.

  • Mademoiselle

    @Whatever
    Buying a house isn’t a get out of jail free card. If she had difficulties paying income tax and rent she would’ve had the same problem with paying real estate tax, and her house would’ve been seized by the government as a part of this IRS litigation. Plus just because she had the money doesn’t mean she wanted to own a house. Everyone doesn’t have the same goal.

  • talaktochoba

    no doubt the landlord ran just as fast to his nearby CD Exchange to buy her music…almost certainly waiting in line behind the judge’s kids, who at least bought all of Lauren’s work new;

    one would think after making him more grandchildren, Bob’s family would’ve reached out to help her before Sony did (not sure if Sony somehow own Tuff Gong) but one only has to listen to “Want More” and then know she sold for pittance the property Ian Fleming owned (GoldenEye) where he wrote all the James Bond novels to know what Rita Marley’s about…