Lowell Hawthorne

A Jamaican-born entrepreneur who built an empire around beef patties shot himself to death in his Bronx, NY factory around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Golden Krust CEO Lowell Hawthorne, 57, killed himself after the feds informed him that he was being investigated for evading millions of dollars in income taxes, The NY Post reports.

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Gladys Knight

State and city authorities raided all 3 locations of Gladys Knight’s popular Chicken and Waffles restaurants in Atlanta on Tuesday.

The AJC.com reports that agents from the Georgia Department of Revenue raided the locations in connection with an investigation by the GDR.

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Nene Leakes is broke

Over the weekend, I heard from an insider who told me Real Housewives of Atlanta alumni Nene Leakes is broke again after spending money like water all over town. According to the source, Nene spent over $200K on pricey Rolex watches and diamond jewelry for herself and her on-again, off-again husband, Greg Leakes. She also went on a shopping spree in Atlanta, buying expensive trinkets for herself to wear on the show.

But when it comes to paying her taxes, Nene comes up short.

According to Hip Hop Daily Press, Nene owes $25,000 in back taxes for property she owned in Sacramento, Calif. No wonder Nene begged for her old job back on Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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Lauryn Hill leaves court

Somber signer Lauryn Hill was spotted leaving a Newark, New Jersey court Monday (April 22) after a judge postponed her sentencing and gave her two weeks to pay $504,000 she owes the IRS in back taxes. Hill, 37, fell behind in her taxes after claiming she took a 3-year hiatus from show biz to find herself. Prosecutors charged the Grammy winner with “willfully failing to file income tax returns with the IRS” for 3 years. According to Hill, she wasn’t obligated to pay taxes for those 3 years since she wasn’t working. But the judge disagreed, saying Hill earned a modest sum of 1.8 million dollars from 2005-2007. She faces up to 5 years in jail and an additional $100,000 in fines.
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  • Wesley Snipes released

    Wesley Snipes was released from a Pennsylvania prison today after serving 2 years and 4 months of a 3-year federal sentence for income tax evasion.

    Snipes, 50, was convicted of failing to file tax returns in 2008, but he remained free for another 2 years while appealing his conviction. After exhausting his appeals, Snipes entered McKean federal prison in December 2010 to begin serving his sentence.

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    Sandi Jackson and Jesse Jackson Jr

    There is no honor among thieves — even if those thieves are married to one another.

    Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr has agreed to a plea deal that involves him selling out his wife in a federal tax fraud probe, CBS 2 in Chicago is reporting.

    The extensive federal investigation included 2 probes involving alleged campaign finance misuse by Jackson and tax fraud committed by his wife Sandi, a former Chicago alderman.

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