Singer Lauryn Hill gets jail time for tax evasion

New York, May 7 (EFE).- Singer Lauryn Hill, Grammy-winning vocalist of the now-disbanded group The Fugees, was sentenced by a New Jersey court to three months in prison and another three under house arrest for tax evasion, prosecutors said.

Federal Judge Madeleine Cox Arleo in Newark, Nueva Jersey, handed down the sentence Monday against the popular singer and actress, who last year was found guilty on three charges of not paying her federal income tax.

Hill, winner of five Grammys, earned a total of $1.8 million between 2005-2007, mostly from royalties from her discs and movies, and another $500,000 in the 2008-2009 period, raising to $2.3 million the amount she failed to declare to the Internal Revenue Service.

The singer, who must begin serving her jail sentence before July 8 if she does not appeal the verdict, was given another year on parole and was fined $60,000 in addition to the $1 million she must pay the tax authorities, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.

The 37-year-old Hill, who sold more than 12 million copies of her debut solo disc, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (1998), launched her musical career together with Wyclef Jean and The Fugees trio.