Lauryn Hill Charged With Tax Evasion

Celebrity News Jun. 7, 2012 AT 5:20PM
Lauryn Hill performs in Brooklyn, New York on August 6, 2007. Lauryn Hill performs in Brooklyn, New York on August 6, 2007. Credit: Curtis Means/NBC NewsWire

Lauryn Hill might win some, but she just lost one.

According to the Associated Press, the Grammy winner, 37, is being charged with tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors claim that the New Jersey native, who still resides in her home state, earned $1.6 million between 2005 and 2007 (mostly thanks to music and film industry royalties), but failed to file income tax returns for those years.

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Following the massive success of her solo album, 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the former Fugees member has, for the most part, led a quiet life out of the spotlight, raising six children -- Zion David-Nesta, Selah, Joshua, John, Sarah, and Micah, who was born last July. (Her five oldest kids are with Bob Marley's son, Rohan Marley.)

Last year, Hill embarked on a 17-show tour of small venues across the country -- her first in several years -- and angered some fans with her habitual tardiness, as well as with new, nearly unrecognizable interpretations of her beloved hits.

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On June 29, the "Ex-Factor" songstress will appear before a federal judge, and potentially faces one year in prison and a $100,000 fine on each of her tax evasion charges.

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