Eight-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has pleaded guilty in New Jersey to not paying her taxes. She was c harged earlier this month with three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.5 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Hill appeared in U.S. District Court in Newark on Friday and admitted not filing taxes for all three years. She faces a maximum one-year sentence on each count totaling three years . Lauryn had issued a statement in response to the charges that she removed herself and her family from society, in order to keep them safe, healthy, and free from danger. "I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity. So I left a more mainstream and public life " , part of the statement reads.