News regarding Wyclef Jean’s financial woes, specifically unpaid taxes, has surfaced on the heels of his announcement that he will enter the presidential race in Haiti.
According to CBSNews.com, Jean (real name: Nel W. Jean) allegedly owes more than $5.2 million in back taxes in the U.S., for unpaid dues to the Federal IRS and states liens in New York, New Jersey and Florida.
Since this news surfaced, more liens have been reported by The Smoking Gun.
TSG reports that Jean and his wife Marie Claudinette have filed to pay taxes from 2006 through 2008, totaling more than $2.1 million on his Saddle River Borough property.
This is the second time in less than a year that Wyclef has come under scrutiny for his financial dealings.
Following Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January, the musician’s Yele Haiti Foundation came under fire for allegedly spending monies in the past for things other than providing for his native country.
During the years of 2005 to 2007, according to federal tax returns, Clef and his business partner paid themselves around $410,000 for “”rent, production services, and Jean’s appearance at a benefit concert.”
Wyclef denied the allegation, claiming he’d never take money for personal reasons from the non-profit.
“I never and would ever take money for my personal pocket when it comes to Yele,” he said. “So not only do I denounce all that, I’m disgusted by that.”
Since the Haiti earthquake, Yele Haiti has reportedly collected millions of dollars from people all over the world.