Lauryn Hill Charged With Failing to File Tax Returns

Lauryn N. Hill, the Grammy-award winning singer, was charged with failing to file three years of income tax returns with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Hill, of South Orange, New Jersey, was accused in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, of not filing returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007. She received $1.8 million in gross income in that period, primarily in music and movie royalties, according to the charges.

Hill faces a year in prison and a $100,000 fine on each of the three misdemeanor counts. She was charged in a criminal information, a document that often precedes a guilty plea. She’s scheduled to appear in court in Newark on June 29, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said today in a statement.

“Ms. Hill has been fully cooperating with the IRS’s investigation for a number of years,” her attorney, Nathan Hochman, said in a telephone interview.

Hill won two Grammy awards in 1996 as a member of the Fugees. Her album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was named album of the year at the 1999 Grammy Awards. She also won awards then for best new artist, best rhythm and blues album, best R&B song and best female R&B vocal performance.

The case is U.S. v. Hill, 12-mj-6081, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Newark).

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