Mary J. Blige's Charity Accused Of Failing To Pay College Grants
Bosses behind Mary J. Blige's charity have come under attack from a number of New York students who were granted scholarships by the organisation - because their college bills have not been paid.
The finances of the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Achievement of Women Now (Ffawn) were placed under scrutiny last month (May12) following reported discrepancies in the firms accounts.
Ffawn executives allegedly failed to file tax returns for the year 2010 or the annual state charity registration, while a band of musicians sued over claims they received cheques that bounced after performing at the organisation's star-studded 2011 benefit concert.
Company chiefs were also hit with a lawsuit from TD Bank bosses, who claim they defaulted on a $250,000 (£156,250) loan, obtained last June (11).
R&B superstar Blige spoke out about the charity problems and vowed to fix any "outstanding issues", but it's now emerged that the students from the Bronx's Women's Academy of Excellence, who were promised grants to fund their further education, have also been snubbed - and some may even be forced to drop out of college as a result.
Gennevive Sarfoah, a nursing student at the State University of New York at Canton, reveals Ffawn bosses were late paying her $5,392 (£3,370) tuition fees last year (11) and they've not handed over any money for this year (12).
She tells the New York Post, "I feel like they stood us up."