It’s been nearly a year since Lauryn was ordered to pay $554,000 back taxes after failing to file from 2005 to 2007, when she earned about $1.8 million. Since her arrest and eventual release last June, she’s only paid $50,000, a fraction of the debt, and the government is tired of waiting.
Even though sentencing in her case has been pushed back to May 6, Lauryn said she may need a little more time to shell out the remaining $504,000. Billboard.com reports that during her session in court yesterday, Lauryn explained to U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo that she’s trying to get a $650,000 to satisfy the debt because she recently signed a $1 million deal with Sony Music for recording just five new songs.
Unfortunately for Lauryn, Judge Madeline in her case is not interested in her excuses and she wants the singer to pay her debt in two weeks because Lauryn’s not broke.
“This is not someone who stands before the court penniless. This is a criminal matter,” the judge said during the proceedings on Monday. “Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.”
If Lauryn fails to pay by May 6, she faces up to three years in prison.