The miseducation of tax laws has gotten Jerseys very own Lauryn Hill in a heap of trouble. Grammy Award-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to file tax returns on more than $1.6 million in income, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today. At age 37, with a village of children to raise, and years of music industry experience one would think Ms. Hill would know better. Hill owns four corporations: Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001, Inc., and Studio 22, Inc. Royalties from her music and film career serve as her primary source of income and since we havent gotten an album from her since 2002 im guessing she tried to pull a fast one and hide some coins.
If you have forgotten, Hill exploded onto the music scene in the early 90’s as a member of hip hop power group The Fugees. After the huge success of her first solo album we’ve seen Lauryn struggle with the success that followed. Her last piece of work was MTVs unplugged album which showcased a more folk, aucustic style with Lauryn crying live on stage and scaring most of her fans. Since then shes done a bunch of wild, strange, and painful performances. All the while she managed to have 5 children with a married Rohan Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley. From 1998, Hill reportedly lived in both the Caribbean and an upscale hotel in Miami. However, in August 2008, it was reported that Hill was living back at home with her mother and children in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey, although Hill’s net worth is still reported to exceed $8.7 million from her record sales, tours and investments in Jamaica. She is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Shipp to face the charges on June 29. Lets hope she doesnt gag because the three charges each carry a potential penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The upside is maybe some time in jail will result in a new album release! Fingers crossed!