The 8-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill will face a tax evasion charges in New Jersey. The US attorney office found out that the singer failed to file income tax for years at the Internal Revenue Service.
For three years Hill earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007 and failed to file returns. Her primary source of income is royalties from the recording and film industries, prosecutors said. She also owns and operates four corporations: Creations Music Inc., Boogie Tours Inc., L.H. Productions 2001 Inc. and Studio 22 Inc... Messages left Thursday for her California-based attorney, Nathan J. Hochman, and an email sent to her publicist weren't immediately returned.
Hill lives in South Orange, a suburb just west of Newark, and attended Columbia High School in Maplewood. The singer is busy now raising her six children. She started her career as a singer through the The Fugees and got solo career in 1998. Her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was critically acclaimed and sold 18 million copies. Due to the much success of her album she was named by Time magazine as the face of The Hip-Hop Nation.
She is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate on June 29. She could face a maximum penalty of a year in prison and $100,000 fine on each of the three charges.