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It’s Official: Lauryn Hill’s Going to Prison

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Don’t pretend that this didn’t surprise you.  Grammy Award winning artist Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for  failing to pay her taxes.  In addition to three months in federal custody, Hill will do another three months in home confinement for her crimes.

Hill was accused of not paying taxes on a million dollars in earnings, making her the latest celebrity to go to prison for a tax-related charge.  The 37-year old mother pleaded guilty in her case.

It’s not yet clear how Hill’s incarceration will play out in her plans to work on new music.  She has millions of fans around the world who were confused by her seemingly odd behavior both on and off stage over the last several years.   But fans were rooting for her in her legal battles, since it seems that quite a few black entertainers end up n trouble with the IRS.

Hill didn’t seem to have much of an explanation for not paying her taxes other than not being able to do so without jeopardizing her own health and that of her children.

“I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that,” Hill said.

Before she was sentenced, Hill told the judge that she had paid $970,000 toward her debt to the government.  But this wasn’t enough to keep her from going to prison.  However, she didn’t get the maximum sentence for her crime, which would have been a year in prison.

 

58 Comments

  1. Kmad

    May 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I pray she go through this test and come out on top, make that music that made us groove and think. I think they could have allowed her the 3 months to pay the balance and if she didn’t, then do the time. But regardless, I hope this will be over for her soon priimarily for her children. Make a helleva comeback, make that money but definately new accountants and this time stay on top of HER money!I God bless and keep her.

  2. Nancy

    May 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    This is a conspiracy. They are using her to make an example with her case! The rednecks make sure that very few of us can be in the legal profession to defend our own! I am among the 0.8% Black females who have a law degree in North America. They tried to do everything thing to make me prevent to get my degree!!! I could write a book about it or make a movie just with this part of my life. I can’t stand them!!!

    • Max

      May 7, 2013 at 5:22 am

      Nancy why don’t you ? You should , you need to . you owe it to yourself and those that come before you. SILENCE EQUALS DEATH !

  3. B.vau

    May 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Love lauryn Hill, can’t wait for her new music!! Keep your head of Lauryn, you’re an awesome talent!!

  4. B.vau

    May 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Oops! Keep your head up

  5. Bob

    May 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    $30,000???? That’s all?

    And her husband couldn’t raise that? Family? Fans? $30,000?

    Hard to know what is true these days. However, if this woman is going to prison because of an unpaid $30,000 tax debt that is a d*mn shame.

    • Mary Dickinson

      May 7, 2013 at 4:36 am

      I totally agree! Smh, damn shame!

  6. LMW

    May 7, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I was listening to her songs and she always had a message. The last album, I had purchased was some time ago.
    I just pray that she pays the balance and that GOD will protect her.

    • LMW

      May 7, 2013 at 12:05 am

      I also prayed that other artists would help her. Perhaps, they did all they could, but hopefully , she can come up with the balance.

  7. Mark King

    May 7, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Ms Hill could have gotten some help with this. I do not know all of the details but the tax code can be mitigated with the right team in place. Jail time is the absolute last resort for the IRS as they are merely a collection agency for the Government. I am making mu services available to all those in the entertainment industry who are seeking relief from Uncle Sam… tell 5 ppl

  8. Nefera

    May 7, 2013 at 12:27 am

    PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU MY SISTAH.

  9. albert ross

    May 7, 2013 at 1:04 am

    What happened to the Columbia deal? They were supposedly bailing her out and she was going to record again.

  10. Herman Hawkins Jr.

    May 7, 2013 at 1:23 am

    At least she only got three months, not three years like Wesley Snipes(I believe he got bad advice from his advisors, many who got longer sentences). However, you can’t without taxes from Uncle Sam; the government doesn’t play around with money owed them.

  11. Lawrence Campbell

    May 7, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Once again, we’re missing the point, and drifting off into a separate reality…

    Here’s another Sister who could not count on her man, her family, and now our entire community for the kind of support she needed when we were enjoying something she shared with us, either in the past, nor presently. Once the devil’s laid hands on her in prison, and she becomes a convicted felon (already by decree), which of us will offer her a place to stay, or a meal, or job?,

    Oh, how times have changed…now the master criminal has become the victim, and the victim has been made to seem the criminal.

    This Sister and I have never met, but we know one another…when all the parasites feeding off her and her family’s misfortunes have had their say here, I will not turn her (them) away. My name(slave) attests to the authenticity of this statement’

    Not that it matters much, but I am suburban flier at live dot com.
    I urge all the Brothers and Sisters out there to offer something positive of themselves to any and all victims of this vicious dog, biting indiscriminately at everyone in this country, but particularly among People of Color, and the People of The Book.

  12. Mz. Dakota Love

    May 7, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Praying for sista Lauryn.

  13. Pastori Balele

    May 7, 2013 at 2:27 am

    No sweat. She is beautiful. Please don’t let her go to prison.

  14. Jaap Verduijn

    May 7, 2013 at 4:13 am

    The problem with this behavior of the rich is that because they pay less taxes, we (your average guy or gal) have to pay more. Bankers, singers, actors, rock stars, politicians… don’t rob the small people that made it possible for you to gain your wealth. And if you still insist on robbing us, don’t whine when you get caught. Now this happens to be in the United States, but here in the Netherlands it’s exactly the same… and it always pleases me immensely when one of the thieving bahstuds and b*tches overplays their hand and finishes up in the slammer. It’s YOUR and MY money they steal, so let them rot for a while… it’s an educational process.

  15. LarryJ

    May 7, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Miss Hill, like most rich famous people, should have tax accountants and tax lawyers who know all the loopholes within the tax system, that can benefit people like her to pay little or no taxes. Instead, she wanted to act stupid……! Will Smith makes far more $$ millions than Miss Hill, is he having tax problems…???? If are are working on the books, you will pay taxes one way or the other, ask Mr Snipes.

    • Dawn N. McKenzie

      May 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

      No, because his is probably prudent enough to be involved, to sign his own checks, to read the financial reports. You just can’t turn your entire being over to cheating lawyers and tax accountants who don’t really give a care about you, you have to ask those tough questions about your own money that you’ve earned/earning.

  16. Max

    May 7, 2013 at 5:28 am

    UNFORTUNATE BLACK PEOPLE ONLY LEARN AND GROW THROUGH PAIN AND SUFFERATION , HOW DUMB IS THAT ! SO KEEP CAUSING YOUR OWN SUFFERATION BLACK FOLKS, WE ALL DESERVE IT. TO THIS DAY WE STILL HAVENT FIGURED OUT WHY WE ARE STILL SUFFERING. YOU TURN AWAY FROM YOUR HISTORY AND KNOWLEDGE AND EXPECT TO PROSPER AHAHAHA , ONLY A FOOL WOULD EXPECT OTHERWISE. WE ACCEPT EVERYTHING LITERALLY AND WE QUESTION NOTHING, FROM RELIGION TO OUR OWN INFERIORITY TO ALL OTHERS AND EVERYTHING. MIGHT AS WELL ROLL OVER AND DIE BECAUSE THAT’S ALL WE HAVE BEEN DOING.

  17. srones

    May 7, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I am convinced thst she has some unaddressed mental health problems. I hope that she will get counseling and physcological treatment quick. Few are immune in this society but depression and mental health disease is pervasive and rampant in our community.

    • David2001

      May 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

      @srones.I agree about the mental health issues she may have. I don’t know her or have any info that she is mentally unstable but when black people have these issues they are rarely addressed and certainly not covered that way by mainstream media that reports these type of stories. If a black person commits a crime living in the worst possible ghetto environment they are called an animal or savage. If a white person from a middle class background breaks the law or even kills dozens of children they immediately talk about that white criminal psychological state of mind. We saw this in The Sandy Hook massacre. But we never hear a conversation about mental illness and black people with all the killings in our inner cities. I’m no fan of celebrities who look for preferential treatment like their white counterparts but I hope she gets whatever help she needs. I agree with others that 30k is not a lot of money to throw her in jail for seeing that she already paid over 900k.

    • Dawn N. McKenzie

      May 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

      And you are convinced of this based on what facts? What about your own mental health to say this?

  18. Kim

    May 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I had to pay my taxes and I am on the poverty scale! SMH

    • Dawn N. McKenzie

      May 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

      And your point is what. Most blacks are on the poverty scale. What else is new? Why are you on it? Are you a contributor to it or a victim? Only you know the answer and it is a rhetorical question.

  19. Wes Bernard

    May 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Someone please show me the law that compels me or anyone else to pay taxes on my personal income? Please?

  20. Daisy

    May 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

    This is a sad story, but look on the bright side….at least she didn’t get a year in prison, and when she gets out she will be able to record an album, go on tour, make money….a lot of us common working folk don’t have that luxury or the means. I hope she has learned that being a black entertainer does not give you any special priviledges. She won’t make the same mistake twice. Who knows, maybe this experience will give her the inspiration to put out her best album ever!!

  21. Hiroader2

    May 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

    How does incarceration pay off this debt?.. Celebrities like Sugar Ray, Red Fox’s went through similar ordeals … Like the candidate said “Rents to darn high”…

  22. Miz Rose

    May 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Lauryn once this is over just make sure you have a good tax acountant, that you stay on stop of your money and make sure that you sign all your checks. My prayers will be with you and your family. You will get through this and come back strong with great music…Be Bless! AMEN

  23. Mak Legend

    May 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This has nothing to do with taxes! It has everything to do with her influence and the truth that she started to tell through her music. Check out the song, “The World Is Hustle”. This is a show of power by the U.S. Government to silence this woman just like they tried to make her look crazy years back when she started on this path of revelation. Mak Legend

  24. JDub81

    May 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    The IRS is the secret police of the US. I pray Lauyrn that this country will come to it’s senses and while you may serve a little time about (a month) you will be released.

  25. Michael Lofton

    May 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    RE: “It’s Official: Lauryn Hill’s Going to Prison” by Dr. bowatkin, May 6, 2013

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-969264

    Which is why it is so important that our own elected Black leaders, lawyers, accountants are truly competent so that U.S. born Black men and women pay their taxes, and take full advantage of every legal loophole, like a Michael Dell, etc., etc., are doing, so that he or she don’t end up being charged and convicted for Federal income tax evasion, like a Wesley Snipes, Lauryn Hill, that can or will mean prison time and fines.

    Useless decades old MLK Marching won’t achieve this, complaining about not receiving reparations won’t do it.

    The 14th Amendment voids compensation to either the slave, slave owner, or any heir….

    ………and unless U.S. born Black slave owners are also held accountable for the vestibule of slavery too, slim chances exists that Reparations for the Vestibule of Slavery will ever materialize.

    When you have elected Black leaders, and lawyers being the worst that he or she can be through being deceitful, unethical, disgraceful, you name it, or stepping up to the plate for “illegal aliens” or criminals, unethical individuals, or other misfits, while advising innocent Black men and women to “plead no contest”, or betraying U.S. born Black men and women who have legitimate claims for redress….

    ……it should be no mystery that the Black community continuously ends up being shortchanged, while Caucasians, Koreans, Hispanics, recently arrived legal immigrants and even illegal aliens surpass U.S. born black men and women who have been in the U.S. for decades.

  26. Michael Lofton

    May 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    “Miss Hill, like most rich famous people, should have tax accountants and tax lawyers who know all the loopholes within the tax system, that can benefit people like her to pay little or no taxes. Instead, she wanted to act stupid……! Will Smith makes far more $$ millions than Miss Hill, is he having tax problems…???? If are are working on the books, you will pay taxes one way or the other, ask Mr Snipes.”-LarryJ

    -LarryJ

    Indeed LarryJ,

    60 Minutes, Sunday, March 24, 2013, “Blindsided: The exoneration of Brian Banks”. The woman, Wanetta Gibson, who made the false claim of rape against Brian Banks is black. “As his day in court approached, Brian says that his lawyer feared that he wouldn’t get a fair trial, based on his age, size & race. So she, an African-American herself, convinced Brian to plead no contest to a crime he insisted he didn’t commit.”

    -Attorney Elizabeth Harris should be barred from practicing law.

    It would not be surprising in the least to learn that university educated black lawyers and accountants advised Grammy Award winning artist Lauryn Hill, Wesley Snipes, etc., etc., not to pay his or her taxes, and maintained sloppy accounting records.

    Holding individuals accountable or firing them if they are not competent:

    1. Will keep you from senselessly losing your shirt/assets through paying for incompetence.

    2. Will increase the probability of finding and paying for competency in the Black community.

    3. Individuals who are not competent won’t be able to make a living.

    4. They can or will lose their license to be lawfully and gainfully employed, or if an incompetent individual is licensed he or she won’t be able to financially profit from holding the license, because truly informed individuals will not seek or pay for the services of the incompetent.

    5. May prevent an individuals from ending up like Lauryn Hill, Wesley Snipes, Brian Banks, etc., etc., and/or the many innocent Black men and women egregiously violated by government, namely because of the contempt that our own elected Black leaders, lawyers, and the truly dysfunctional segment of the Black community have for the U.S. Constitution, the “Bill of Rights”, the value of what it means to be a U.S. citizen, etc.

    *****************************************
    RE: “Farrakhan Says Black People Must Begin to Invest their Money” uploaded by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Feb 26, 2013.

    Selected Comments:

    “Unlike President Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. born black lawyers, far too many deceitful/treasonous black elected officials, the “worthless” NAACP, pseudo and other so called black civil rights organizations that betray the black community daily….

    …..Hispanic lawyers, Hispanic elected officials, Hispanic organizations such as MALDEF and LA RAZA, including Hispanic illegal aliens take advantage of any and every opportunity to file a claim against a government agency for violating their Constitutional/property rights, to acquire assets to benefit their community or culture, etc., etc.

    “…Instead of using “MLK Marching tactics that won’t bring monetary redress, much, much less than fruitful activity that commonly takes place in situations where blacks are so victimized”, Hispanic organizations and individuals use the tools of government, truly exercise his, her, and/or their Constitution rights, have lawyers and elected officials who assist them in any civil tort/Constitutional grievance with a truly factual basis that can be proven in court, to sue for and win megabuck out of court settlements, actual court settlements, assists in lawfully acquiring assets to enable their people to move up from poverty, and to hold a wealthy agency (LAUSD) financially accountable for the actions of its rogue and criminal teachers.” by Michael Lofton

    “Mr. M. Lofton– the validity of your insight as well as truth is immeasurable-to the dire need of a profound maneuver on the behalf of Black Folk in America to unify our efforts and COLLECTIVELY BOYCOTT PRIMARILY THE RETAIL INDUSTRY– with all intentions of showing our CONSUMER WEALTH–to be in a position to demand that our issues be addressed by those whom we elected to represent us. That said, how would one REACH THE MASSES– AS WELL AS THOSE WHO CAN BE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE PLIGHT OF ERADICATING THE AWFUL AND DEPLORABLE TREATMENT OF BLACK FOLK (AFRICAN AMERICANS) SOCIALLY, PSYCHOLOGICALLY, AND ECONOMICALLY?” by Phillip Battle

    Mr. Battle-

    In answer to your question, I truly believe that once our elected Black leaders, lawyers, journalists, so-called university educated individuals step up to the plate, i.e., are truly held accountable…

    ……..the positive results will enable the underclass to see that is possible to make the Constitution, the “rule of law”, etc., a reality.
    One thing is certain, this would be the only way to determine the true heroes, or leaders in our community. As my Dad used to say, who is no longer here today, he passed in July of 2003, “Anything Worthwhile Grows”, which is indeed true.

  27. Michael Lofton

    May 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    “You have Black court appointed attorneys convincing their clients to plea guilty, instead of the attorney doing their job to investigate a case; I guess it is a lot easier to get $30,000.00 to convince your own race to plea guilty, then to have to work for the money and help convince a jury they are not guilty” -PBShort

    When you have elected Black leaders, and lawyers being the worst that he or she can be through being deceitful, unethical, disgraceful, you name it, or stepping up to the plate for “illegal aliens” or criminals, unethical individuals, or other misfits, while advising innocent Black men and women to “plead no contest”, or betraying U.S. born Black men and women who have legitimate claims for redress….

    ……it should be no mystery that the Black community continuously ends up being shortchanged, while Caucasians, Koreans, Hispanics, recently arrived legal immigrants and even illegal aliens surpass U.S. born black men and women who have been in the U.S. for decades.

    **********************************************************

    http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/04/black-news/will-smith-jesse-jackson-chris-rock-support-dr-boyce-watkins-and-russell-simmons-campaign-against-mass-incarceration/

    Source: “Will Smith, Jesse Jackson, Chris Rock Support Dr. Boyce Watkins and Russell Simmons’ Campaign Against Mass Incarceration”.

    Selected comment:

    “The problem with MASS-INCARCERATION is not the USA JUST_US system…
    The problem is with Black people; as the old saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse…

    When you nine (9) out of ten (10) Blacks taking plea deals, and pleading guilty because of their ignorance, then there is nothing you can do about that…

    You go to any city in America, and Black folks will tell you, you better take that deal, these white folks don’t play here…and this is all too common among Blacks…

    1) Never give up your right to “REMAIN SILENT”…

    2) Never give up your right to a “SPEEDY TRIAL”…

    These are the most common rights we give up as a whole…I have been charged with every crime under the SUN, just for being Black…held in jail with a high bond for months waiting to go to trial…put in cells with thugs, and had to fight daily, because the people think that I will plea guilty to their erroneous charges…

    NEVER, to strong for that, my mind is not week…

    You have Black court appointed attorneys convincing their clients to plea guilty, instead of the attorney doing their job to investigate a case; I guess it is a lot easier to get $30,000.00 to convince your own race to plea guilty, then to have to work for the money and help convince a jury they are not guilty…

    There is nothing your “NOT the Black people’s President” can do for you…it is like education, it must start in the home…but for some reason, families are first one’s to convince you to take the deal” -PB Short.

    -PB Short

    There is one positive solution, and that is using the influence necessary to insure that any inept court appointed attorney or otherwise, especially a court appointed Black attorney who has a history of recommending his or her client and/or to any judge of the court that his or her Black and truly innocent client “plead no contest/guilty” be fired on the spot, or barred from ever practicing law again.

  28. barbara

    May 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    wow, I guess the people malking 55,000.00 dollars are doing the 10 years in prison. Face it people, there will never be equal justice for all. Until we clean house of the selfish sorry politicians who forget the little people, we will have to get into gear and vote them out. Our money is just as green.

  29. Spivey L. Gordon

    May 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Herman,
    The truth, government is more interested in embarrassing Sister Hill.She is one more dark face off the street who cannot and will not vote again so long as she reside in the United States.The money the government alleged Sister Hill owe mount to less than 4/5 of what criminals like Wall Street and the likes have stolen and squandered from the U.S Treasury.I slighly disagree with your that suggest: “government will come after you what is owed them.

    Since the beginning of the 21st century, I haven’t seen nor heard of any White person indicted or convicted for tax evasion. This does not mean that White people has not been cited for income tax violations in the 21st century however, I have not seen this. What has happen to Sister Hill is reflective of the fact we’re living in a new era of ” Jim Crow” that mainly targets Africans. “Jim Crow”is a Caste system is put in place marginalize African men, women, and children and keep as permanent underclass. One of the most potent methods used to ensure this is mass incarceration.Once yoi are charged with a felony, you no longer can vote, receive government subsidy, nor public housing. Being you are unable to support yourself,you automatically thrust into a permanent underclass.

  30. Michael Lofton

    May 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-949295

    I’m involved with a dispute over taxes that I do not owe to the IRS and the California State Franchise Board, but unlike Lauryn Hill, I file a tax return and pay the taxes owed every year, nothing more, nothing less.

    I can only imagine what my situation would be like, had I done a “Wesley Snipes, Lauryn Hill” move to intentionally fail to file a tax return or file a fraudulent tax return, that can be connected to income tax evasion.

    As a U.S. born descendant of slavery, who is not a slave it is difficult enough playing it straight, without bringing additional hardship on his or her self for failing to respect the law, file a tax return, etc.

    Lauryn Hill refers to herself a being a slave and slavery ended in 1865….and no slave that I know of made the money that a Lauryn Hill made in life. Can’t honestly say that Lauryn Hill never had a chance, because she did have a chance. Unfortunately, Lauryn Hill, didn’t make the best of the opportunity presented her, so much so, that she may end up like so many other Black musicians, entertainers, etc., etc., from the “inner-city” who went from “rags to riches and back to rags”.

    No matter who it is, in the event that you do not have a legitimate claim, failure to pay taxes owed to the IRS can and will return to haunt you.

    Al Capone, a Chicago Mob boss, was involved or associated with conspiracy to commit a Capital offense (Murder), but that is not what ended the criminal career of Al Capone. Of all the hideous crimes, Al Capone was involved in, income evasion was the “straw that broke the camel’s back.

    ***************************************************************

    Born of an immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York in 1899, Al Capone quit school after the sixth grade and associated with a notorious street gang, becoming accepted as a member. Johnny Torrio was the street gang leader and among the other members was Lucky Luciano, who would later attain his own notoriety.

    About 1920, at Torrio’s invitation, Capone joined Torrio in Chicago where he had become an influential lieutenant in the Colosimo mob. The rackets spawned by enactment of the Prohibition Amendment, illegal brewing, distilling and distribution of beer and liquor, were viewed as “growth industries.” Torrio, abetted by Al Capone, intended to take full advantage of opportunities. The mob also developed interests in legitimate businesses in the cleaning and dyeing field and cultivated influence with receptive public officials, labor unions, and employees’ associations.

    Torrio soon succeeded to full leadership of the gang with the violent demise of Big Jim Colosimo, and Capone gained experience and expertise as his strong right arm.

    In 1925, Capone became boss when Torrio, seriously wounded in an assassination attempt, surrendered control and retired to Brooklyn. Capone had built a fearsome reputation in the ruthless gang rivalries of the period, struggling to acquire and retain “racketeering rights” to several areas of Chicago. That reputation grew as rival gangs were eliminated or nullified, and the suburb of Cicero became, in effect, a fiefdom of the Capone mob.

    The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on February 14, 1929, might be regarded as the culminating violence of the Chicago gang era, as seven members or associates of the “Bugs” Moran mob were machine-gunned against a garage wall by rivals posing as police. The massacre was generally ascribed to the Capone mob, although Al himself was in Florida.

    The investigative jurisdiction of the Bureau of Investigation during the 1920s and early 1930s was more limited than it is now, and the gang warfare and depredations of the period were not within the Bureau’s investigative authority.

    The Bureau’s investigation of Al Capone arose from his reluctance to appear before a federal grand jury on March 12, 1929 in response to a subpoena. On March 11, his lawyers formally filed for postponement of his appearance, submitting a physician’s affidavit dated March 5, which attested that Capone had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia in Miami, had been confined to bed from January 13 to February 23, and that it would be dangerous to Capone’s health to travel to Chicago. His appearance date before the grand jury was re-set for March 20.

    On request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigation agents obtained statements to the effect that Capone had attended race tracks in the Miami area, that he had made a plane trip to Bimini and a cruise to Nassau, that he had been interviewed at the office of the Dade County Solicitor, and that he had appeared in good health on each of those occasions.

    Capone appeared before the federal grand jury in Chicago on March 20, 1929 and completed his testimony on March 27. As he left the courtroom, he was arrested by agents for contempt of court, an offense for which the penalty could be one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. He posted $5,000 bond and was released.

    On May 17, 1929, Al Capone and his bodyguard were arrested in Philadelphia for carrying concealed deadly weapons. Within 16 hours they had been sentenced to terms of one year each. Capone served his time and was released in nine months for good behavior on March 17, 1930.

    Al Capone’s criminal record and fingerprint card

    On February 28, 1931, Capone was found guilty in federal court on the contempt of court charge and was sentenced to six months in Cook County Jail. His appeal on that charge was subsequently dismissed.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department had been developing evidence on tax evasion charges—in addition to Al Capone, his brother Ralph “Bottles” Capone, Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik, Frank Nitti, and other mobsters were subjects of tax evasion charges.

    On June 16, 1931, Al Capone pled guilty to tax evasion and prohibition charges. He then boasted to the press that he had struck a deal for a two-and-a-half year sentence, but the presiding judge informed him he, the judge, was not bound by any deal. Capone then changed his plea to not guilty.

    On October 18, 1931, Capone was convicted after trial and on November 24, was sentenced to eleven years in federal prison, fined $50,000 and charged $7,692 for court costs, in addition to $215,000 plus interest due on back taxes. The six-month contempt of court sentence was to be served concurrently.

    While awaiting the results of appeals, Capone was confined to the Cook County Jail. Upon denial of appeals, he entered the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, serving his sentence there and at Alcatraz.

    On November 16, 1939, Al Capone was released after having served seven years, six months and fifteen days, and having paid all fines and back taxes.

    Suffering from paresis derived from syphilis, he had deteriorated greatly during his confinement. Immediately on release he entered a Baltimore hospital for brain treatment and then went on to his Florida home, an estate on Palm Island in Biscayne Bay near Miami, which he had purchased in 1928.

    Following his release, he never publicly returned to Chicago. He had become mentally incapable of returning to gangland politics. In 1946, his physician and a Baltimore psychiatrist, after examination, both concluded Capone then had the mentality of a 12-year-old child. Capone resided on Palm Island with his wife and immediate family, in a secluded atmosphere, until his death due to a stroke and pneumonia on January 25, 1947.

    Bibliography on Al Capone

    1. “Farewell, Mr. Gangster!” Herbert Corey, D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., New York, New York, 1936

    2. “The FBI Story,” Don Whitehead, Random House, New York, New York, 1956

    3. “Organized Crime In America,” Gus Tyler, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1962

    4. “The Dillinger Days,” John Toland, Random House, New York, New York, 1963

    5. “The Devil’s Emissaries,” Myron J. Quimby, A. S. Barnes and Company, New York, New York, 1969

    6. “Capone,” John Kobler, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, New York, 1971

    7. “Mafia, USA,” Nicholas Gage, Dell Publishing Company, Inc., New York, New York, 1972

    8. “The Mobs And The Mafia,” Hank Messick and Burt Goldblatt, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, New York, 1972

    9. “Bloodletters and Badmen,” Jay Robert Nash, M. Evans and Company, Inc., New York, New York, 1973

    10. “G-Men: Hoover’s FBI in American Popular Culture,” Richard Gid Powers, Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, Illinois, 1983

  31. Michael Lofton

    May 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/al-capone

    Al Capone, a Chicago Mob boss, was involved or associated with conspiracy to commit a Capital offense (Murder), racketeering, you name it, but that is not what ended the criminal career of Al Capone.

    Of all the hideous crimes, Al Capone was involved in, income tax evasion was the “straw that broke the camel’s back, the one issue that really sent Al Capone to prison for the longest period of time.

  32. Michael Lofton

    May 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Levy

    No matter who it is, individual, business entity, or otherwise, in the event that you do not have a legitimate claim, failure to pay taxes owed to the IRS can and will return to haunt you. The IRS revenue agents can use the resources necessary to jail you, take personal/real property from you, etc., etc., i.e., it is not a good idea to intentionally defraud the IRS.

    The additional IRS property levy penalties can be more damaging than actually serving “jail time”.

    ***************************************************

    A levy is a legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. Levies are different from liens. A lien is a claim used as security for the tax debt, while a levy actually takes the property to satisfy the tax debt.

    If you do not pay your taxes (or make arrangements to settle your debt), the IRS may seize and sell any type of real or personal property that you own or have an interest in. For instance,
    •We could seize and sell property that you hold (such as your car, boat, or house), or
    •We could levy property that is yours but is held by someone else (such as your wages, retirement accounts, dividends, bank accounts, licenses, rental income, accounts receivables, the cash loan value of your life insurance, or commissions).

    We usually levy only after these three requirements are met:
    •We assessed the tax and sent you a Notice and Demand for Payment;
    •You neglected or refused to pay the tax; and
    •We sent you a Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to A Hearing (levy notice) at least 30 days before the levy. We may give you this notice in person, leave it at your home or your usual place of business, or send it to your last known address by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested. Please note: if we levy your state tax refund, you may receive a Notice of Levy on Your State Tax Refund, Notice of Your Right to Hearing after the levy.

    If a levy on your wages, bank account or other property is causing a hardship you should:
    Contact the IRS at the telephone number on the levy or correspondence immediately and explain your financial situation. Service is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday.

    If we determine the levy is creating an immediate economic hardship, the levy may be released.
    A levy release does not mean you are exempt from paying the balance. The IRS will work with you to establish payment plans or take other steps to help you pay off the balance. To help ensure quick action, please have the fax number available for the bank or employer office that is processing the levy.

    You may ask an IRS manager to review your case, or you may request a Collection Due Process hearing with the Office of Appeals by filing a request for a Collection Due Process hearing with the IRS office listed on your notice. You must file your request within 30 days of the date on your notice. Some of the issues you may discuss include:

    •You paid all you owed before we sent the levy notice,

    •We assessed the tax and sent the levy notice when you were in bankruptcy, and subject to the automatic stay during bankruptcy,

    •We made a procedural error in an assessment,

    •The time to collect the tax (called the statute of limitations) expired before we sent the levy notice,

    •You did not have an opportunity to dispute the assessed liability,

    •You wish to discuss the collection options, or

    •You wish to make a spousal defense.

  33. Laverne Bradley

    May 7, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I am sick and tired of African Americans making excuses for our people. I have worked all my life and paid my taxes on time. I am a senior and pay taxes. So what is the problem with Lauryn Hill not being able to pay $30,000 to keep out of the white man’s prison? She has made million.

    • DaTruth

      May 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      R u as “sick & tired” of all these oligarchs & multinational corps that make billions n profits every yr n this country then criminally hide their profits n offshore accts so that they NEVER pay taxes on what amts to trillions? What Lauryn is receiving jail time for is inconsequential compared to what THEY steal fr the US govt every d@mn day! Timothy Geithner, who Obama appointed as his Treasury Secr n his 1st term didn’t pay taxes for yrs, yet he still headed The U.S. Treasury of all places. But I guess if u serve the interests of Wall St. (which is what all of these crooked politicians do well) u r too big to jail & aren’t required to pay taxes. This is selective prosecution as always! Its only criminal if blk folk r involved. I am “sick & tired” of some of US being too biind, stupid & brainwashed to realize it! The White Hse & Congress r full of tax evaders & criminals. WHERE IS ITS JAIL TIME! I’m almost 100% certain that there is more to this scam than the public is aware of. And if Lauryn does have psychological issues as some r suggesting, its more than likely attributable to that treacherous, money sucking, satanistic music industry that she was a part of. Only Lauryn & those closest to her knows the full extent of what she’s gone thru. God bless u Lauryn!

  34. C. Solomon

    May 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Capital gains, shells, off-shoring… she did not, and all of that is legal? She is still an American treasure!

  35. Michael Lofton

    May 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

    “It’s Official: Lauryn Hill’s Going to Prison” uploaded or posted by bowatkin, May 6, 2013

    Selected comment:

    “I am sick and tired of African Americans making excuses for our people. I have worked all my life and paid my taxes on time. I am a senior and pay taxes. So what is the problem with Lauryn Hill not being able to pay $30,000 to keep out of the white man’s prison? She has made million.”-Laverne Bradley

    Indeed Ms. Bradley,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTpse-Pql90

    YouTube: “Kwame Kilpatrick blames the media for him cheating and lying” uploaded by Siyclone, Mar 16, 2008

    It really makes no sense that so many Black people today blame the ignorance or the failure of individuals who know or should know the penalties that result from not filing a tax return, filing a fraudulent tax return, stealing while hold public office, etc., etc., on “Racism”, crooked politicians, or anyone else but the actual “tax cheat” or criminal assailant committing the act……

    ……all while saying or doing nothing about the plight of truly innocent Black men and women, or even betraying the innocent, such as advising truly innocent Black men and women to “plead no contest”, lying under oath to send innocent Black men and women to prison, making excuses to do nothing, trashing his or her sworn duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution, the “Bill of Rights”, and the rule of law in behalf of any law abiding U.S. citizen violated by rogue police officers, unethical city prosecutors, or other public servants.

    The IRS is an “Equal Opportunity” employer, to where the IRS tax auditor, revenue agent, and/or any supervising agent can be Caucasian, Hispanic, Korean, Black, Filipino, etc., etc.

    Individuals who are not sophisticated or who do not have a battery of lawyers to make it more difficult for the government to find or to prove that a criminal act was committed, definitely have no business or shouldn’t even consider committing a criminal act.

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”

    Finally, with prior knowledge that Wesley Snipes, Al Capone, and a slew of individuals pay dearly for being an income tax evader/tax cheat, it would definitely be pointless for anyone to follow in the footsteps to be a tax cheat.

  36. Michael Lofton

    May 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Face Book Selected comment:

    “I so mad everybody but Lindsay Lohan goes to jail.”- Gia Kirkland

    60 Minutes, Sunday, March 24, 2013, “Blindsided: The exoneration of Brian Banks”. The woman, Wanetta Gibson, who made the false claim of rape against Brian Banks is black. “As his day in court approached, Brian says that his lawyer feared that he wouldn’t get a fair trial, based on his age, size & race. So she, an African-American herself, convinced Brian to plead no contest to a crime he insisted he didn’t commit.”

    -Attorney Elizabeth Harris should be barred from practicing law.

    You have a Black attorney such as Shawn Holley defending career criminal Caucasian trailer trash such as Lindsay Lohan, Attorney Elizabeth Harris, and/or other Black attorneys advising his or her innocent client to plead no contest/guilt.

    Are Black attorneys, Shawn Holley, Elizabeth Harris, that hard up for money that he or she will defend criminal Caucasian trailer trash, while betraying law abiding Black men and women who expect competent representation in a lawyer, elected official, etc., especially from any lawyer or elected official of a common heritage.

    ******************************
    Source: “Will Smith, Jesse Jackson, Chris Rock Support Dr. Boyce Watkins and Russell Simmons’ Campaign Against Mass Incarceration”.

    Selected comment:

    “The problem with MASS-INCARCERATION is not the USA JUST_US system…

    The problem is with Black people; as the old saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse…

    When you nine (9) out of ten (10) Blacks taking plea deals, and pleading guilty because of their ignorance, then there is nothing you can do about that…

    You go to any city in America, and Black folks will tell you, you better take that deal, these white folks don’t play here…and this is all too common among Blacks…

    1) Never give up your right to “REMAIN SILENT”…
    2) Never give up your right to a “SPEEDY TRIAL”…

    These are the most common rights we give up as a whole…I have been charged with every crime under the SUN, just for being Black…held in jail with a high bond for months waiting to go to trial…put in cells with thugs, and had to fight daily, because the people think that I will plea guilty to their erroneous charges…

    NEVER, to strong for that, my mind is not week…
    You have Black court appointed attorneys convincing their clients to plea guilty, instead of the attorney doing their job to investigate a case; I guess it is a lot easier to get $30,000.00 to convince your own race to plea guilty, then to have to work for the money and help convince a jury they are not guilty…

    There is nothing your “NOT the Black people’s President” can do for you…it is like education, it must start in the home…but for some reason, families are first one’s to convince you to take the deal” -PB Short.
    -PB Short

    There is one positive solution, and that is using the influence necessary to insure that any inept court appointed attorney or otherwise, especially a court appointed Black attorney who has a history of recommending his or her client and/or to any judge of the court that his or her Black and truly innocent client “plead no contest/guilty” be fired on the spot, or barred from ever practicing law again.

    *********************************
    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/30/nation/la-na-court-prosecutors-20110330

    “Supreme Court rejects damages for innocent man who spent 14 years on death row” In a 5-4 ruling, justices overturn a jury verdict awarding $14 million to John Thompson, who had sued then-New Orleans Dist. Atty. Harry Connick Sr. because prosecutors hid a blood test that would have proved his innocence in a murder case.” By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau, March 30, 2011, Los Angeles Times

    …all while President Barack Obama, and the Congressional Black Caucus, who have the influence to at least recommend to Congress that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas be impeached.

    …… all while President Barack Obama, and the Congressional Black Caucus remain silent, or do nothing to get rid of no good denying redress to truly innocent Black men and women egregiously violated by rogue police officers/unethical city prosecutors treasonous Clarence Thomas.

  37. marcus davis

    May 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

    If i was her i’d be looking at living in another country where you don’t pay so much tax to start with.

  38. Spivey L. Gordon

    May 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Dawn and Elizabeth, President Obama is of African dissent and so are you. The mere fact he sit idly and watch the racial disparity in enforcing the income tax law. Sister Lauren Hill may have failed to report and pay tax allegedly owed, there are countless others who share a similar celebrity owe tax and if they’re white their names are never. What I find so curious about Obama, nothing he does at the White House seem to forged African American progress. He haven’t reached out or spoke to the concerns about the chronic unemployment among blacks, the poor education blacks continue, no discussion about small business funding when they’re unabled to get hired in the workforce.
    As the President for all Americans, Obama has the duty and authority to ensure fair enforcement of the laws under the Federal Constitution is administered. The law cannot be just enforced against Lauren Hill, Wesely Snipes, Ji Rule, also Mitt Romey, Wall Street Executives as well etc.

    We the people must stop celebrating Obama and place great demands on him. When we do, I believe that is the day we will see “hope we can believe in.”

  39. Al Jonson

    May 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I guess we can expect for her to come out with a “Soul on Ice” CD after she gets out of prison. I pay my taxes the great artist (not just her) should pay theirs.

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