Wycelf Jean is facing new allegations of embezzlement within his former charity, created to benefit the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
An exclusive report from the New York Post details the activity within the charity, Yele Haiti, showing less than one third of the $16 million in donations from 2010 was used for earthquake relief efforts.
While the charity gathered the $16 million with the help of Jean as head, the Post reported that only $5.1 million was distributed to emergency relief for Haitians.
So where did the rest of the donation money go?
Based on the charity's tax filings from 2010, $1 million was paid to a non-existent Florida firm, Amisphere Farm Labor Inc. to distribute food, but records do not show its existence. Another $353,983 was doled out to P&A Construction, a company headed by Jean's brother-in-law Warnel Pierre.
Founded in 2005 with Jean's cousin Jerry Duplessis, this is not the first time Yele Haiti is under scrutiny; In 2008, it became known that the charity never filed a tax form with transparent spending reports to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The charity also lost nearly $250,000 in 2009 for reasons that are unclear.
It was not until the earthquake in Jan. 2010, leaving as many as 300,000 Haitians dead and nearly one million homeless when it struck, that Yele Haiti began to profit. Jean asked for $5 donations to benefit those affected by the Jan. 12 2010 quake via Twitter, right before news broke that the charity gave $250,000 to a Haitian television station run by Jean and Duplessis.
Have we made mistakes before? Yes, the once presidential hopeful Jean said in a 2010 press conference to defend the incidents in years prior. Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefit? Absolutely not. Yele's books are open and transparent.
Wyclef Jean reportedly resigned as the head of Yele Haiti over a year ago in Aug. 2010 when Derek Johnson took over.