(NEWARK, N.J.) — Lauryn Hill has been called the greatest female rapper. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey call her a tax cheat.
“Singer and actress Lauryn N. Hill was charged today with willfully failing to file three years of income tax returns with the IRS,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday.
Hill owns and operates four corporations but royalties from her music and movies provide most of her income, which court records say totaled $1.6 million from 2005-2007, the years in which she’s accused of failing to file her tax returns.
The South Orange, N.J., native is expected in court on June 29. If she’s found guilty she faces up to three years in prison and a $300,000 fine.
Hill was a member of the hip hop group the Fugees where she sang lead on “Killing Me Softly with His Song.” Her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, went to number one on the Billboard 200 and produced several hit singles.
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