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Monday
Oct152012

Wyclef Jean Charity Closes Doors, Declines Repayment Deal

Columbia RecordsIn Wyclef Jean's autobiography Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story, he covers much territory about his life, music and The Fugees, but, according to the The New York Times, he fails to mention issues related to his troubled charity Yele Haiti. 

Started in 2005, the charity closed last month and remains under investigation by the New York State Attorney General, the paper reports.  At issue are the charity’s financial records and overall ability to handle what amounted to $16 million in donations related to earthquake in 2009, the paper says. 

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for Wyclef issued a statement to the paper saying that the singer and his lawyers "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."  

The Times reports that Wyclef and other founders declined a deal offered by the attorney general that would have had them repay more $600,000 for each instance of fiscal misappropriations.

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