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Wyclef Jean is defending his charity in the wake of a report that his Yele Haiti Foundation donated less than a third of the $16 million it collected last year to Haitian relief efforts.
The hip-hop star told the Associated Press that he's proud of the way his charity responded after the earthquake almost two years ago.
He said his charity rebuilt an orphanage and set up a system of outdoor toilet and shower facilities in one of the largest shanties in the Haitian capital.
Jean's comments Sunday follow a report in the New York Post saying his foundation collected $16 million in 2010 but only $5.1 million of that money was actually spent on relief efforts, according to tax records.
Records show that $353,983 was paid to P&A Construction, a contracting company run by Jean's brother-in-law Warnel Pierre. In addition, more than $1 million was paid to Amisphere Farm Labor Inc. as a "food distributor," however, the supposedly Miami-based company does not seem to exist, says the Post. However, the listed head of the organization, Amsterly Pierre purchased three Florida properties in the last year.