via the Detroit News:
Human beatbox Blake Lewis could form a vocal group with fellow “American Idol” stars (see Fantasia Barrino and Ruben Studdard) who have had tax troubles. Records show Lewis, the season six runner-up behind Jordin Sparks, owes $124, 798 in federal taxes.
Lewis, 28, who bought a $1.25 million spread north of Seattle, Wash., last year, will release his sophomore album this fall.
The IRS filed a $124, 798 lien against Lewis on July 10 in the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds office. According to the lien, he owes income taxes from 2007 — the year he appeared on “American Idol.”
Blake’s publicist says, “Everything has been resolved with the IRS, ” but would not elaborate.
So far, according to the LA County Recorder’s office, A lien release, which would indicate the debt has been paid, has yet to be filed.
Some of these kids–along with learning how to sing to the camera, deal with the press and handle instant fame–need money management training as part of the Idol “boot camp”…