A federal judge scolded Lauryn Hill on Monday for failing to pay back taxes but put off for two weeks her sentencing for tax evasion, The Associated Press reported.
Ms. Hill, 37, a Grammy-winning singer, rapper and songwriter, pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes on $1.8 million in income earned between 2005 and 2007. Though she promised at the time she would pay about $554,000 in restitution before she was sentenced, she has only paid about $50,000 to date.
“This is not someone who stands before the court penniless,” said United States Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox. “This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.”