Wyclef Jean's Charity Yele Revealed To Be Using Funds For Personal Expenses

It looks like Wyclef Jean's Haiti relief charity Yele has been misappropriating funds for personal expenses.

Back in 2010, Wyclef Jean came under fire for reports of fraudulent record keeping with his Haitian earthquake charity Yéle. Now, in an in-depth investigation from the New York Times, it appears that Yéle's financial failings extend much deeper than simply cooking the books.

Reports indicate that much of the millions of dollars raised by Yéle in donations has actually paid for the company's offices, workers' salaries, consultants’ fees, travel expenses and legal fees.

A forensic audit of Yéle's $3 million in expenses between the years of 2005 and 2009 found that a total of $256,580 in illegitimate benefits had been doled out to the ex-Fugees rapper and other board members. Among these expenditures is a whopping $24,000 spent for Wyclef's chauffeur services and $30,763 spent on a private jet that transported Lindsay Lohan from New Jersey to Chicago for a benefit rally. 

In 2010, however, Yéle's expenses ballooned to $9 million, with half of that amount being dedicated to travel alone. Furthermore, Yéle spent $1.4 million on office expenses, including $37,000 in rental fees for Wyclef's own recording studio in Manhattan.

At the same time, however, much of the money Yéle actually spent on charitable projects has gone to waste. Nearly $469,000 was spent on the construction of temporary homes, a medical center and a plaza in Cité Soleil, none which came to fruition.

Following the publishing of this report, Clef's spokesperson Melanie A. Bonvicino responded to the New York Times' article through his Facebook. She said that Clef and company are working hard to amend any financial issues that were left over following Yéle's closing this summer. 

"At present, my client Wyclef Jean and his legal team are working 'assiduously' to resolve any pending issues with respect to Yéle prior to its closing, as Mr. Jean continues his tireless commitment to his 'beloved' country by remaining steadfast in his efforts to encourage the global community to join him in supporting ongoing relief efforts in Haiti," Bonvicino said.

Read the New York Times report for a complete list of Yéle's fraudulent expenditures.

RELATED: Wyclef Jean Reveals Affair With Lauryn Hill, Says She Misled Him About Child

22 Comments

  • Phil A

    I don't want to generalize but I have a hard time trusting non for profit organizations because they're not transparent. Once you make a donation, you really have no idea where that money is going. As much as I want to contribute to all these countries that are in desperate need of help, I decide to provide help locally by volunteering instead.

  • Anon

    Someone please call 911

  • idcqt

    wyclef still bein extorted by haitian jack?

  • Wyclef Jean

    I wonder if I can still get a reality show on VH-1.

  • Pras

    Why does Lindsey Lohan get a private jet?

  • DAMN MY NIGGA

    This nigga is foul for doing that. No respect for the unfortunate yet still pursuing the role of a president. Lauryn Hill really gassed this nigga up. Not a good look at all. The press will be over him.

  • Original

    Wyclef: Ok yall the hustle is over.... pack it up, back to making records!!!

  • reel2reeltalk

    Interesting that niggas are quick to believe this shit. I never trust my enemy to tell me the truth. Funny how Wyclef gets smeared and at every turn when he tries to help his own people. Refer to history dumb niggas - Same thing happened to MLK.

    • People

      You imbecile this has been documented and proven already, can you read? This is no smear campaign by the powers that be. He is amoral and wrote a book exaggerating his own status at the expense of another woman. Don't be so gullible, do your research. Even sources in Haiti said he was fraudulent..

    • DAMN MY NIGGA

      real ass talk my g, wyclef is a hypocrite

  • 900Ksold

    I have to ask tho.. where did that money come from?? You see if you have your own charity then you spend your OWN money thru the name of that charity and do not pay taxes on anything you purchase and use those expenses as additional tax write off's same shit as the church. I do not believe he received that much cash in donations from the public rather pumped his own dough thru there and saved a ton on shit he was going to buy anyway... just my theory cuz I would do the same shit. No need to steal from anyone just another way of saying FUCK the Gov't!

  • Austin

    and he thought he could lead a nation?....the fuck

    • Chris

      Lmao, I was saying the same thing. Twice he's been accussed of doing this and people still keep giving him their money. Couldn't have said it better.

  • CROOKLYN

    A FUCKING DISGRACE HOW HIPHOPDX POSTING THIS NOW WHY ARE THIS WEBSITE & EVERYONE ELSE THAT DIDNT SEEN THIS COMING ARE SO SLOW AT READING IN BETWEEN THE LINE LOOKING AT THE BIGGER PICTURE NOW NOBODY CANT DO NOTHING ABOUT IT BUT APOLOGIZE, POOR EXPLANATION & EXCUSES THAT SHIT CRY

  • Anonymous

    how can anyone justify 31K for a private jet to fly lindsay lohan anywhere, let alone a fucking benefit rally! is that cracked out alcholic too good for first class?

  • Sean Penn

    I recently looked in the dictionary for the word shiesty and found Wyclef's picture.

  • Anonymous

    Extreme power is prone to corruption unless there is a properly working system of checks and balances (in my opinion), and people are held accountable for their actions. I wish Haiti and alot of other places received more help.

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