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A SPECIAL SECTION: Haiti, Since the January 12, 2010 Fierce Earthquake

Posted Monday, January 3, 201  

Wyclef babe's bonus$
147G from Haiti charity
By Heather Haddon,
New York Post Writer

In the months leading up to the devastating Haiti earthquake, a sultry stunner who was Wyclef Jean's alleged mistress got a big bonus for her service at the musician's troubled charity, Yele Haiti, according to tax filings.

Zakiya Khatou-Chevassus was paid $147,000 last year, a $42,000 bump from 2008, according to documents obtained by The Post. That's nearly $15,000 more than the charity's president, Hugh Locke.

Khatou-Chevassus was also promoted from a consultant to the agency's vice president.

On her LinkedIn profile, Khatou-Chevassus lists her professional experience as performing "strategic alliance" for nonprofits and the private sector, but she doesn't detail what kinds of alliances she creates nor any other charity work outside Yele. She states that she works in "entertainment" and also appears to have done modeling in the past.

SCANDAL: Zakiya Khatou-Chevassus (left) got a $42,000 raise last year from Wyclef Jean's 'charity.'
SCANDALZakiya Khatou-Chevassus (above)
got a $42,000 raise last year from Wyclef's Jean "charity.

Khatou-Chevassus was allegedly romantically involved with Jean and acted as his personal assistant, according to previous reports.

Founded in 2005, Yele provides emergency relief, education and employment in the destitute country of Jean's birth, though it has been dogged by scandal about how it spends its funds.

Yele paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to businesses controlled by the former Fugees rapper and his partners, which Jean acknowledged in a tearful response last year.

The group received a $14 million windfall in donations in the wake of the last year's devastating earthquake, but previously Yele was repeatedly in the hole. The charity's deficit creeped up to nearly $600,000 last year, the tax returns show.

The group shelled out $336,000 on staff compensation, while it spent $518,000 on its actual programs in Haiti.

Additional reporting by Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent

Published Sunday, January 2, 20011 by The New York Post.

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