Jean’s comments Sunday follow reports published by The New York Post saying his foundation collected $16 million in 2010 but less than a third of that went to emergency efforts. The Post also says $1 million was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t appear to exist.
The Post also says the documents show $1,008,000 went to a company called Amisphere Farm Labor Inc. — a company the paper says never filed the proper paperwork in Florida so they can do business. However, the Post says a man listed as the company’s head bought three properties in Florida last year, including a condo in an upscale waterfront community.
The charity came under fire in January 2010. Jean responded then by saying, “”Have we made mistakes? Yes. Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefit? Absolutely not.”
Emails to reps for both Jean and the charity were not returned.