Scoop: Nina Simone's daughter allegedly misused estate funds

Getty Images file photoLisa Simone Kelly is accused of taking money from her mother's estate.

The daughter of the late jazz legend Nina Simone is being investigated for allegedly misusing funds from her mother’s estate.

Lisa Simone Kelly allegedly dipped into her mom’s “sugar bowl” and “siphoned” over $2 million earmarked for music schools in Africa, according to TMZ. Kelly was the trustee of her mother’s estate, TMZ says, and it was Simone’s wish that the cash go to poor children in Liberia, Ghana and South Africa.

The California Attorney General’s Office is now involved and reportedly pressured Kelly to resign as trustee, along with asking her to provide an accounting of all the funds.FeaturesGossipLisa Simone KellyNina Simone

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