Lauryn Hill faces federal tax charges on more than $1.6M in income
(CBS/AP) Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to file income tax returns for several years with the IRS, the U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey announced Thursday.
The five-time Grammy winner earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007, the three years for which she allegedly failed to file returns, federal prosecutors said. She also owns and operates four corporations, 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 Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
The album, praised by critics for its incisive lyrics and synthesis of rap and soul, 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. She lives in South Orange, a suburb just west of Newark.
Hill is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate on June 29.