NEWARK, N.J. -- Eight-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to file in come tax returns for several years with the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has announced.
Hill earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007, the three years that she failed to file returns, federal prosecutors said. Hill’s primary source of income is royalties from the recording and film industries, pro secutors said. She also owns and operates four corporations: Crea tions Music Inc., Boogie Tours Inc., L.H. Produc tions 2001 Inc. and Studio 22 Inc., according to court papers.
The 37-year-old Hill got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album "The Mis ed u cation of Lauryn Hill."
The album, praised by critics, sold 8 million copies. Hill was pronounced the face of "The Hip-Hop Nation" by Time magazine. She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of famed reggae singer Bob Marley.
Hill lives in South Orange, a suburb just west of Newark.
She is scheduled to appear be fore 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.