Wyclef Jean's Charity Yele Haiti Shuts Down

The charity's chief executive resigned amid investigations by the New York attorney general's office about the charity's finances before the January 2010 earthquake.

Posted: 10/17/2012 04:52 PM EDT

Wyclef Jean's charity Yele Haiti has closed its doors leaving donors and hopeful recipients without a clue as to the whereabouts of the donations. 

Now that Yele Haiti's chief executive, Derek Q. Johnson, has resigned, the charity has shut down. According to the New York Times, Johnson decided to step down when Jean "declined to accept a settlement proposed by the attorney general covering the charity’s pre-earthquake activities." 

There has been an ongoing investigation by the New York attorney general's office about the charity's finances before the earthquake and proposed that the charity's founders pay $600,000 for debts and an audit of their records since the disaster. 

Jean and his organization have endured criticism since Haiti's January 12, 2010, earthquake due to the mishandling of $16 million collected in donations

Allegations that $9 million was used on travel, salaries, uncompleted projects, organization expenses and a nonexistent Florida firm rather than being funneled into affected areas in Haiti have marred the charity's reputation and finally forced the company to go out of business.

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