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Wyclef Jean: Dirty Dozen 2010

Each year, New Times puts together a list of the sketchiest

politicians and unholiest celebrities and weirdest human beings to call

the Magic City home. So who made the filthy cut this year? We're

releasing the names one by one ahead of next week's issue, which comes

with a full-page illustration of the dynamic dozen.

Like the dreaded vuvuzelas blasting through his first campaign ad, Wyclef Jean's transition from beloved ex-Fugee to would-be Haitian politician sounded a sour note from the start. And that was before the really gnarly news started leaking: Wyclef owes millions to the IRS; Wyclef paid his mistress to run his charity; and, most disgusting of all, Wyclef used Yéle Haiti, his foundation, to pad his own pockets. By the time he was ruled ineligible to run for president, 'clef had lost a lot more than his political career. That's not a vuvuzela, pal, it's the sound of a reputation gone to mush.

Previous dirty denizens of Miami for 2010 include:

Jennifer Lopez
Rick Scott
Carlos Alvarez and Norman Braman
Bill Parcells
George Alan Rekers
Jeffrey Loria
Capri Anderson
Kat Stacks

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
Contact: Tim Elfrink