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Wyclef Jean

His Haitian Charity

Accused of Funny Money Business

11/27/2011 5:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Wyclef Jean and his former charity, Yele Haiti, are facing new allegations that the bulk of the money they raised for the people of Haiti after the earthquake was misappropriated ... and some went right into his family's pocket ... allegedly.

Yele Haiti took in $16 million in 2010, according to records obtained by the NY Post. But the paper claims only $5.1 million went to emergency relief efforts, including food and water delivery to makeshift survivor camps.

According to the Post, a company called P&A Construction received $353,983. That company, the paper says, is run by Warnel Pierre ... Wyclef's brother-in-law.

The Post also says the documents show $1,008,000 went to a company called Amisphere Farm Labor Inc. -- a company the paper says never filed the proper paperwork in Florida so they can do business. However, the Post says a man listed as the company's head bought three properties in Florida last year, including a condo in an upscale waterfront community.

The charity came under fire in January 2010. Jean responded then by saying, ""Have we made mistakes? Yes. Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefit? Absolutely not."

Jean resigned as head of the charity in August 2010.

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Jean issued a statement, which reads in part, "The percentage of funds used is consistent with NGOs and Not For Profits operating in Haiti at the time. I have acknowledged that Yele has made mistakes in the past, including being late in IRS filings, but that is old news."

44 COMMENTS

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1.

croc    

shady ..
and against his own people.
shame on him.

1010 days ago
2.

static    

He would have been a perfect Haitian President.

1010 days ago
3.

Ray    

what a shock, its seems like alot of these so called celeb charity this are not run correctly.Big surprise as their main job is to read what other people write for them... why would anyone think they know how to manage a global charity.

1010 days ago
4.

Stiletto    

This from the guy who warbled like a goat getting its fudge packed in that awful remake of the "we are the world" song? Oh...say it ain't so?

1010 days ago
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notalawyer    

This is not surprising. Most charities only allocate a small percentage of the "take" to the cause intended. This is usually about 10% of the donations. Check your Ex-Students Association from the University you attended. (this is not a subject they are willing to discuss)

1010 days ago
6.

ellie    

someone should look in Pras Michel and all his charity for Haiti events too

1010 days ago
7.

Sincerity    

This "thieving" sociopath should be held "PERSONALLY" liable for every "MISAPPROPRIATED" penny!!! He's a "prime" example of the core issues that have "strangled" Haiti for decades. The "HAVES" siphoning off money earmarked to improve the overall general well being of the "HAVE NOTS"!!! His people DESERVE better!!!

1010 days ago
8.

BW    

Is anybody really suprised this arse clown stole money from
his own people, who were in desperate need of HELP. How can this POS sleep at night, knowing he stole food out of helfless childrens mouths who were starving. He should be put away for a long long time.

1010 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Nothing new or shocking here. I knew about his shady charity in advance and made my donation the the Red Cross. Of course I found out they don't designate the money for specific causes. Hopefully it went to something useful.

1010 days ago
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UNLEVINED HARVEY    

how many haitians can you fit into a florida condo

1010 days ago
11.

Franko    

Guy's quest was for power only. Once snubbed for presidency he high-tailed it out of Haiti using Yele as pretense for helping. And he dares point fingers at Sean Penn who is still there? Laughable.

1010 days ago
12.

vindog    

Typical behavior for anyone with access to money they have not earned. Corruption at it's most likely, and yes, he would have fit right in with the politicians. S***bags, the lot!

1010 days ago
13.

Duke Steele    

Are there any people in haiti that are collecting money for poor starving AMERICANS that have also been victims of earthquakes, hurricanes or tornados? This is why I only give money to charities that benefit AMERICANS.

1010 days ago
14.

kali    

Too bad someone doesn't look into the Jolie Pitt foundation as well.

1010 days ago
15.

unbelievable    

F.cking thief!!!! Charity has become a business. these people should be ashamed of themselves.

1010 days ago
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