In hopes of bringing as much publicity to the earthquake as possible, Wyclef Jean was tireless in his efforts to raise money for his home country, via his Yéle Haiti organization. Yet within months of the tremor, cracks in the foundation of his non-profit were unearthed. Following a failed bid for president of Haiti, it was reported that Jean left a “trail of debts, unfinished projects, and broken promises.” Further audits of Yéle Haiti’s finances revealed that more than $250,000 of its charity donations were pocketed by the one-time Fugees front man.
Regardless of the bad press, and alleged faulty practices, Jean has vehemently denied doing anything wrong. “Let me be clear, I denounce any allegations that I have profited personally through my work with Yéle Haiti. These baseless attacks are simply not true,” he said in a statement last year.