Wyclef Jean - Wyclef Jean Confirms Haiti Charity Closure
Wyclef Jean's Haiti charity is to close following allegations of financial mismanagement.
The Fugees star co-founded Yele Haiti in 2004 to help in the wake of Hurricane Jeanne, which devastated the island nation, and the organisation was also involved in aid efforts following the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
However, the charity is said to have been subjected to a New York attorney general's investigation and reportedly went out of business last month (Sep12), according to an article published in the New York Times.
The report alleges a forensic audit of the organisation from 2005-2009 found mismanagement of expenses including $24,000 (£15,000) which was spent on chauffeur services for Jean, and $30,000 (£18,750) on a private jet to fly actress Lindsay Lohan from New Jersey to Chicago, Illinois for a benefit event which raised $66,000 (£41,250).
A statement from Jean's attorney Avi Schick, posted on Jean's Facebook.com page, reads, "Wyclef Jean helped pay for the independent audit of Yele because of his commitment to both the organisation and the people of Haiti, and while most of its findings do not in any way relate to him he is nevertheless committed to ensuring that things are made right."
Jean's spokesperson Melanie A. Bonvicino adds, "At present my client Wyclef Jean and his legal team are working 'assiduously' to resolve any pending issues with respect to Yele 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."