Lauryn Hill was set to be sentenced today for tax evasion; she failed to report $1.8 million in income during 2005, 2006 and 2007.
But Ms. Hill caught a break.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo has postponed sentencing, and given her two weeks to come up with $504,000 in back taxes.
If she does not pay that amount by May 6th, Hill faces 24-30 months in jail.
The South Orange resident and former member of the Fugees, a hip-hop group with Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, admitted last year that she did not file federal tax returns for income she received during 2005, 2006 and 2007.
She arrived at the U.S. District Courthouse in Newark minutes before the hearing, elegantly dressed in dark slacks with a long, striped trench coat. Her hair was close cropped.
Hill earns the majority of her income from royalties received from her music and movie appearances, authorities said last year.
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