Akon Accused of Playing Hide the Dough ... Producer Sues

12/14/2016 1:36 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

1214-akon-tmzAkon was not down to share the wealth from his hits, which is why he kept one of his producers in the dark ... according to a lawsuit.

Leland Clopton claims Akon's record label, Konvict Entertainment, hid financial stats from him for years to avoid paying his royalties. According to the docs, he produced a number of songs for Akon, but only saw some income statements for a few.

In the suit, Clopton alleges the cover-up was intentional, so Akon could keep Clopton's royalties from himself. He accuses Akon of a "pattern of racketeering activity."

Clopton says he's potentially lost millions since he started working with Akon in 2008. He's asking for at least $1 mil in damages and for his contract with Akon to be terminated.

We reached out to Akon ... so far, no word back.