Lauryn Hill faces federal charges after failing to pay 3 years of taxes
Former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill is facing federal charges after willfully failing to pay three years of income taxes with the IRS.
According to legal documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, Hill was charged on June 7, 2012, of three accounts of failing to file tax returns in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The singer is scheduled to appear in court on June 29, 2012.
The documents state that Hill owns and operates four corporations, in addition to her career as a performer - Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001, Inc. and Studio 22, Inc.
Hill's primary income is from royalties from recordings and films. During the three years that she failed to file taxes, the singer earned over $1.6 million.
Each of the three counts with which Hill is charged carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The 37-year-old singer has yet to comment on the charges.
Hill rose to fame as a member of the Fugees. In 1998, she launched her solo career with "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," which earned the singer five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Hill has avoided publicity since dropping out of public view in 2002, following the success of her first album.
Hill welcomed her sixth child in July 2011. The baby boy was the first to be born to hill after splitting from longtime partner Rohan Marley, a son of reggae legend Bob Marley.
Marley was reportedly married at the time they met in 1996. The couple have five children together, Zion David-Nesta Marley, 14, Selah Marley, 13, Joshua Marley, 10, John Marley, 9 and Sarah Marley, 4.