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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."

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31.

Someone's goldfish    

So often the celebrity fundraisers have such high costs that only a small fraction of the money raised goes to the intended victims. So why bother?

1004 days ago
32.

1uniquemonique    

I had a gut feeling he was a con. I'm so glad I didn't give to this bogus charity. Wyclef should be prosecuted!!!

1004 days ago
33.

BoycottRealityTV    

They talk about this on The Greatest Podcast in the Universe . com!

1004 days ago
34.

Dan    

Wycle is a bullshet mofo like every business man who opens a nonproffit and grabs 70% of the people's sympathy money for his salary and hus service providers (ahem, businesses). Then he has the balls to say he's as consistent as, "Not For Profits operating in Haiti." Oh well excuse us! The Haiti standard is in effect!

1004 days ago
35.

ManiacalZebra    

Seriously? "Everyone else is scamming people so we can, too" is his excuse?

1004 days ago
36.

weevil    

IF you would like to give to a true charity that sends 100% to the Haitian people, Marc Brice has been working with and for the people in Haiti for many years living both in Port Au Prince and here in the states. His church and orphanange is in Port Au Prince so he is actually there and living it rather than just looking from the outside. You can find out more here http://caribchristianclub.org

1004 days ago
37.

stratman    

I think state lotteries are more honest and efficient with their money than this obvious thief.

1004 days ago
38.

Rhonda    

He's disgraceful. Living in a city with Haitain refugees, it looks like a third world population moving into the U.S. He was a grand marshall for a historically old thanksgiving day parade and it was a disgusting parade of thugs. He is a criminal and we don't need him in the U.S. Send all Haitan people back to their island so they can rebuild it now that they have a new president. Quit using the American people as their personal charity fund. That's all these poor people know what to do, take handouts. they are bringing property values down big time. Most of them resettling in the U.S. are lazy and rude.

1003 days ago
39.

Scott    

Greed seems to be a universal, globalized trait that infects all races, creeds and colors!

1003 days ago
40.

patty    

can he go to jail for this??

1003 days ago
41.

JK Loew    

You think this is first time such things happens? No it isn't. Remember the Tsunami in back last time. The medical supplies donated to Indonesian people were long expired. Somebody is always profiting from charities.

I can tell you I been to some countries to do some charity work, I was told every $1.00 donated usually only $0.10 or less is actually given to the charity. The rest of the money is used NOT for charity. Some foundations are running charity like big business for profits lining up their own pockets! So it won't be the first time or last time this happens.

1003 days ago
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