The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark on Thursday charged singer and actress Lauryn Hill with failing to file tax returns for three years on some $1.6 million in income.
Hill, a South Orange resident, is charged with three counts of failing to file tax returns, in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She is scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate for a hearing on the charges on June 29.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement that Hill owns four corporations besides her income as an entertainer. They include Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001, Inc. and Studio 22, Inc.
Hill, who graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, is best known for her work with fellow singer Wyclef Jean in the group The Fugees, and for her solo recording, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. That release earned her five Grammy awards, including Best New Artist and Album of ther Year.
If convicted, Hill could face a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each of the three counts.