Monday, November 28, 2011

Wycelf Jean’s charity under scrutiny....again

by Gary Snyder

You may remember that Wycelf Jean’s charity was in the headlines for not filing the legal docs. Then the next year it also lost nearly $250,000 in 2009 for reasons that are unclear. Now Yele Haiti is showing less than one third of the $16 million in donations from 2010 was used for earthquake relief efforts. While overspending is not that uncommon, the spending raised some interest. 

Based on the charity's tax filings from 2010, $1 million was paid to a non-existent  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. The charity also gave $250,000 to a Haitian television station run by Jean. Yele Haiti also paid $577,185 to a company called Samosa SA, based in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, as a “bulk water supplier.” But some of that money went to rent a house for Yele Haiti volunteers on Samosa’s property at the inflated price of $35,000 a month.

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