Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti charity is once again under fire. The “New York Post” has obtained the organization’s 2010 tax filings, which reveal that less than a third of the money donated to Yele Haiti was actually spent on post-earthquake emergency efforts. Shortly after the January 12th 2010 Haitian earthquake, Yele Haiti’s coffers ballooned to 16 million dollars. But just over five-million dollars wound up being spent on relief in Wyclef’s home country. Check inside for more deets on thsi controversial situation.
The “Post” says the remainder of the money was handed out in shady contracts, specifically citing a nearly 354-thousand-dollar deal with a construction company run by Wyclef’s brother-in-law. Another million dollars was given to a Miami business that was working as a “food distributor.” However, there are no records in the state of Florida indicating that the company even exists. WOW whats really going on?
Immediately following last year’s Haitian tragedy, Wyclef took to Twitter to ask for five-dollar donations. Just days after the earthquake, people began to criticize the hip-hop star for using the money for his own benefit. Wyclef defended Yele Haiti’s mission, but eventually stepped down from the organization in the summer of 2010.