According to the New York Times, Wyclef Jean’s Yele Foundation has used millions of dollars raised from donations towards offices, salaries, fees and travel expenses. Wyclef was criticized in 2010 and faced allegations of fraudulent record-keeping regarding his Haitian earthquake charity organization.
It is being reported that a forensic audit of Yéle’s $3 million in expenses between the years of 2005 and 2009 found $256,580 in illegitimate benefits had allocated to Jean and other board members. Among these expenses is $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.
Wyclef’s spokesperson Melanie A. Bonvicino responded that all parties are working resolve their financial issues; many of which have lingered following the foundation’s closing.
“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.