*As committed as he appears to be about raising funds for Haiti, his beleaguered native land, musician Wyclef Jean finds himself having to respond to critics who allege that his Yele Haiti Foundation has administrative expenses that exceed those of other charities.
In other words, he’s being accused of being involved in unsavory and perhaps illegal activities as far as donations to his charity are concerned.
The issue came to light because of a report by the Washington Post that followed up on reports made by TheSmokingGun.com.
The Smoking Gun released the organization’s Internal Revenue Service records and called into question $410,000 the foundation spent on rent, product services, and the singer’s appearance at benefit concert.
Here’s what the site is reporting:
Internal Revenue Service records show the group has a lackluster history of accounting for its finances, and that the organization has paid the performer and his business partner at least $410,000 for rent, production services, and Jean’s appearance at a benefit concert. Though the Wyclef Jean Foundation, which does business as Yele Haiti Foundation, was incorporated 12 years ago-and has been active since that time-the group only first filed tax returns in August 2009….
…The recording studio also was paid $100,000 in 2006 for the “musical performance services of Wyclef Jean at a benefit concert.”
In response to the allegations, Jean is speaking out to the public via a YouTube video (see below).
He says that he’s just returned from Haiti and that he’s always been committed to the people of Haiti. He continues by saying that he’s disappointed to come back to an “attack on my integrity and my foundation.” He then goes into more detail about why he started the Yele Haiti organization and discusses some of the expenses coming under fire.