Singer Lauryn Hill Charged with Tax Evasion

U.S. attorney's office said South Orange resident failed to pay taxes on $1.6 million of income.

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.

Jim June 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Breaking news? Come on!
Nose Wayne June 07, 2012 at 03:37 PM
What does this have to do with WAYNE? One year in prison and $100,000,Yea Right!!
Debra Rutt June 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I agree, this is certainly not breaking news to us here in the Pascack Valley....
James Kleimann June 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
The breaking news tag was added by mistake. Sorry about that, folks.
DKM June 07, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I am just logging in to write the same thing. Please get it together with what is considered "Breaking News", mistake or not.
Lisa Arnold June 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
What in the world does this have to do with Paramus!?!?!?
Isabel June 07, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Geez, people...way to freak out over a short news report. If you don't think it's "breaking news" or relevant to your life (or town), then just "x" out of it and forget it. Why waste another minute of your life to complain about it??
Ed Zachary June 07, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Grumble, grumble, grumble, rah, rah, rah...
Shirley Fennell Bennett June 07, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Hard to believe you did this by mistake.
James Kleimann June 07, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Let me briefly explain: Some sites in another region in Patch had the breaking news tag clicked (as it's more germane to their sites) and when a staff member up here cross-posted the story, they forgot to remove the tag, sending the alert to inboxes. Again, apologies. We try to be judicious in the alerts we send out. – James, the editor in Ridgewood-Glen Rock
Nose Wayne June 07, 2012 at 05:56 PM
James, we are all only human.If we didn't make mistakes and were all perfect (LIKE SOME PEOPLE HERE WE KNOW) the world and all the people in it would be DULL!!
Michelle June 07, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I agree Isabel....people are so quick to criticize....those in glass houses people!
Marco Maric June 07, 2012 at 06:35 PM
James, Screw the haters, That was breaking news to me. I'm sure if it was Bon Jovi you wouldn't hear a complaint.
Bryan June 07, 2012 at 09:28 PM
The goverment will cut a deal, and have her pay a percent. And all will be over. But my question is the average person that owes 160,000.00 or 16,000.00 or 1600.00 in taxes will they get the same deal? NO they don't Our goverment is so corrupt and unfair, I can not put it into words, with out getting upset!
fthegovment June 07, 2012 at 09:38 PM
What I want to know is why she got until the end of the month to appear before the U.S. magistrate for not filing taxes for those years & I owed 44,000.00 for 2010 of which I just finished paying and I was only given 10 days before the put a lien on my house & seized my bank account. Come on people, is that a lawsuit for descrimation or what againt this piece of shit government or what?
Bob H June 07, 2012 at 10:05 PM
You'r in the slammer, You'r in the slammer, new song??
Paul June 07, 2012 at 10:05 PM
James Breaking News they finally poured concrete at the Ridgewood High School Footbridge! Why not take some pictures and show everyone the progress? Thats news! Will the class of 2012 be able to walk over the bridge? What about all the Geese and baby Geese pooping all over the Stevens field Astro turf field that all the young people play on day and night? Thats news James. Just saying
Ridgewood Mom June 07, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Yeah James, if the story is about Lauren Hill it's called "hip hop" news. Not "breakin'" news. Break dancing is so 1980's.
sandra christner June 08, 2012 at 12:53 AM
IRS needs to go after GE! 14 billion in profits and didn't pay one thin dime in taxes! HELLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
ruby west June 08, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Tom Troncone (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The fact this was labeled "Breaking News" was completely my fault. It was breaking news in South Orange, where the story was originally posted. We have a cross-posting feature where I can add the story to other sites, which I used in this case, but forgot to un-check the "Breaking News" box before I did so, which triggered breaking news alerts across Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties. Again, my bad. We try our best to limit breaking news to actual breaking news, and I agree that this does not meet that standard in our neck of the woods.
Paul June 08, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Sorry I slamed you James, Tom your fogiven! We all make mistakes. So James how about the story about the bridge and Steven field Goose problems? Just asking.
Me June 08, 2012 at 05:34 PM
HAHA. Lauren Hill.
Amy Cox-Martins June 08, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Why is this news? And if it is, there must be others in town who do not pay taxes, shouldn't they then be listed? Lauren Hill has a family here, kids who will read this. I do not think it is news worthy to post our South Orange residents' tax status.
john ready June 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I'm not quite sure who Lauren Hill is, but I commend her for being wise enough to eff the bloody government by refusing to pay taxes. People do it as a form of protest. Whether she did or not, she should consider herself blessed, as this means she did not contribute to the assassinations and wars overseas. Make her front page news. Follow her bloody example.
Hank June 08, 2012 at 09:16 PM
she is married to Tim McGraw
Toni M. June 09, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Faith Hill is married to Tim McGraw, not Lauren Hill
nik miles June 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
They just want to have something to pin on her because as she states in her song "I get out!" There is no real law that says u have to do income tax returns! Oh yea sure make dupont and rothchild even richer? Come on leave her be! Go after the heavy hitters the ones sponsoring both sides of war so they can lower population and get rich doing it!
Clive June 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
So much Ado about what? Sometimes if we just let things go they die a natural death. Guys - press the "Ignostril" (your right nostril) and let things die and Go. Live life - these things are trival. I am sure Ms.Hill will attest "Nuh woman a Cry" and that she will do just fine. Good Luck going foward Lauryn. Are you sure you are Bob's "Daughter in Law" and not his Daughter *Smiles. He would have been proud.


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