After Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi was exposed as a complete fraud – with its execs using the bulk of the charity’s budget for their own betterment – we now learn that her other charity, Success for Kids, is under investigation by the FBI! The educational charity is being probed by the FBI for “several irregularities and suspicious activity.” It is not clear to what extent Madonna is involved in the investigation but she has donated $671,000 to the organisation since it was founded in 2001 and has also persuaded a string of celebrity friends to give generously.
The development comes a week after it emerged that the 52-year-old had to scrap plans to build a school in Malawi due to financial mismanagement by her charity, ‘Raising Malawi.’ The star abandoned the project because $3.5 million had been stolen by members to spend on needless luxuries and perks for themselves.
The investigation will be another setback for Madonna and raises the prospect she could be drawn into a federal tax probe.
‘Success for Kids’ claims to have raised 33 million dollars and describes itself as “the largest international social emotional learning organisation in the world” with offices in eight countries, including Malawi.
Madonna who adopted a daughter, Mercy, from Malawi last year, and a son, David, in 2008, has fired the board members of ‘Raising Malawi’ and appointed executives including her manager Guy Oseary to operate the charity.
It appears that Madonna’s heart is in the right place but she needs to be much more careful about how she spreads around her charitable donations.
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