Nina Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, is being accused of stealing millions of dollars from her late mother’s estate.
According to TMZ, law enforcement reports that the daughter of the late legendary jazz singer “siphoned more than $2 million that the California Attorney General claims should have been earmarked for music schools in South Africa, Liberia and Ghana.”
Before Nina’s death in 2003, she ordered that her money be used to fund schools in Africa, However, according to sources, Lisa ignored her mother’s last wish and funneled $1.5 million to her personal company.
“Lisa had access to the money because she was the trustee of her mom’s Estate,” TMZ reports. “We’ve learned the A.G. pressured Lisa into resigning as trustee and is now demanding an accounting of funds — which could result in criminal action.”
We’ll keep you updated as more details arise.
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6. 7. Tichina Arnold
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