Madonna's Charity Not Being Investigated by FBI, Says Spokeswoman

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By Reuters | April 06, 2011 10:22 EDT
Reporting by Christine Kearney; Editing by Jill Serjeant.

A spokeswoman for Madonna said on Tuesday that neither the singer nor a charity she backs in Malawi is being investigated by the FBI.
Some recent unsourced media reports have said that an international education charity the singer backs, Success for Kids, is being investigated by FBI agents in Los Angeles for alleged irregularities and suspicious activity.
Madonna-backed Group Ends Plans for Malawi School For Girls
The reports follow news last month that another charity backed by Madonna, Raising Malawi, had scrapped a plan to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi due to mismanagement. The board of that charity was sacked.
"In recent days a number of wild and totally false rumors about Madonna's philanthropy -- spread by bloggers and tabloids -- have begun appearing on the Internet," Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said in a statement.
"Neither Madonna nor Raising Malawi is being investigated by the FBI or the IRS (U.S. tax authorities). It is unfortunate that people have chosen to say things about Raising Malawi and Madonna that are not true."
Rosenberg said the singer "remains committed and focused on what matters helping the children of Malawi".
She did not immediately reply to a query seeking comment on the Success for Kids charity. The charity's website states Madonna is the chair of the Board of Directors.

Source:  Billboard.


Madonna Slams "Wild and Totally False" Malawi School Rumors
Tuesday – April 05, 2011 – 3:50pm

Madonna hasn't given up on her efforts to build a school for girls in Malawi, Africa. The star's publicist Liz Rosenberg tells UsMagazine.com that the rumors about her philanthropy falling apart are "wild and totally false."
"As we have said previously, Raising Malawi is currently undergoing a series of positive changes in an effort to serve more children," says Rosenberg. "Neither Madonna nor Raising Malawi is being investigated by the FBI or the IRS."
In March, the school's now-former executive director Phillippe van de Bossche was accused of using the organization's funds for expenses like a car and driver and a gold club membership. The charity's cofounder Michael Berg said: "A thoughtful decision has been made to discontinue plans for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, as it was originally conceived," and an interim board replaced the school's leadership.
"It is unfortunate that people have chosen to say things about Raising Malawi and Madonna that are not true," Rosenberg adds. "Madonna remains committed and focused on what matters: helping the children of Malawi."
Madonna, 52, has a 14-year old daughter, Lourdes, with ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon, and a 9-year-old son Rocco with ex-husband Guy Ritchie. She also adopted two children- Mercy Jones, 6, and David, 4- from Malawi.
She said in a statement on March 24: "There is a real education crisis in Malawi. Sixty-seven percent of girls don't go to secondary school, and this is simply unacceptable. Our team is going to work hard to address this in every way we can. While I'm proud of [other] accomplishments, I'm frustrated that our education work has not moved forward in a faster way."

Source: UsMagazine.


Madonna not under investigation by FBI-spokeswoman
– Tue Apr 5, 6:59 pm ET
Reporting by Christine Kearney; Editing by Jill Serjeant.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A spokeswoman for Madonna said on Tuesday that neither the singer nor a charity she backs in Malawi is being investigated by the FBI.
Some recent unsourced media reports have said that an international education charity the singer backs, Success for Kids, is being investigated by FBI agents in Los Angeles for alleged irregularities and suspicious activity.
The reports follow news last month that another charity backed by Madonna, Raising Malawi, had scrapped a plan to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi due to mismanagement. The board of that charity was sacked.
"In recent days a number of wild and totally false rumors about Madonna's philanthropy -- spread by bloggers and tabloids -- have begun appearing on the Internet," Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said in a statement.
"Neither Madonna nor Raising Malawi is being investigated by the FBI or the IRS (U.S. tax authorities). It is unfortunate that people have chosen to say things about Raising Malawi and Madonna that are not true."
Rosenberg said the singer "remains committed and focused on what matters helping the children of Malawi".
She did not immediately reply to a query seeking comment on the Success for Kids charity. The charity's website states Madonna is the chair of the Board of Directors.

Source: Reuters.

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