The U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey filed charges against reclusive singer Lauryn Hill today on three counts of failure to file tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007. During those years, Hill received $1.6 million in income. While Hill receives most of her income from royalties, she also operates four companies: Creations Music, Inc., Boogie Tours, Inc., L.H. Productions 2001, Inc. and Studio 22, Inc.
Hill faces a maximum $100,000 penalty and is scheduled to appear in court, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Shipp, on June 29, 2012.
Hill came to prominence as a member of influential hip hop group the Fugees, taking lead on the hit "Killing Me Softly With His Song" among other contributions. In 1998, Hill released her first, and so far only, solo album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," a critical and commercial success that led to such singles as "Doo Wop (That Thing)," "Lost Ones," "Nothing Even Matters" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." The album hit number one on the Billboard 200. Since then, Hill has largely retreated from the spotlight, playing shows here and there. Her most recent Philly outting was in February of last year at the TLA.