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Feds probe Madonna's charitable activities


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The hits just keep on coming for Madonna and her charitable exploits.

The FBI is now looking into Madge’s nonprofit Success for Kids — and that’s on top of the lawsuits surrounding her troubled school in Malawi and an IRS investigation into her charities, according to published reports Sunday.

Also reportedly part of the FBI investigation is the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre, which has received millions of dollars from Madonna and helped form the charity Raising Malawi.

Success for Kids became an offshoot of Raising Malawi in 2008 and was founded by Karen Berg, who heads the Kabbalah Centre's charitable arm. Madonna is the chairwoman for Success for Kids, which says it “empowers” at-risk children with educational programs.

“This is the tip of the iceberg,” attorney Alain Bonavida, who represents a wealthy heiress claiming to have been swindled by the Kabbalah Centre and the Material Girl, told The Daily.

The heiress, Courtenay Geddes, is basing the claim on how the projects proposed by the center and the singer never materialized.

Bonavida said a federal grand jury investigation would “throw the books open” on the charities.

A media rep for the Kabbalah Centre and an agent for Madonna could not be reached Sunday. The IRS and FBI did not return calls seeking comment.

Madonna, 52, is already facing a suit filed last month by eight workers at the Malawi girls school who say they were never paid. The school, despite $3.8 million being raised for its opening, was never built and has since been abandoned by the performer. An audit conducted on behalf of Raising Malawi reportedly could not show where all the money had gone.


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