Jun 27, 2011 at 12:56pm IST

Lady GaGa accused of charity scam

Los Angeles: Lady Gaga is being sued in a $5 million class action suit for allegedly scamming a Japan relief charity. She has been accused of pocketing proceeds from the sales of "We Pray for Japan" wristbands.

Michigan Law firm 1-800-LAW-FIRM claims that GaGa sold the bracelets for $5, plus $3.99 for shipping and handling, and 60 cents for taxes, but jacked up the price of the shipping costs in an effort to pocket the extra money. as reported in aceshowbiz.com.

"I'm suing Lady Gaga simply to hold her accountable for giving the money that she was raising for charity to the cause that she was trying to raise it for," said Ari Kresch, an attorney for the firm.

Lady GaGa accused of charity scam

The singer has been accused of pocketing a Japan relief charity

Firm partner Alyson Oliver claimed that Gaga refused to fully disclose how much of the money from the sales of the wristbands goes to the Japanese victims.

"When we tried to communicate with the defendants in this lawsuit, all we got was, 'well, some of the money is being retained, but we don't really know how much'," Oliver told FOX news station.

"If the money was going to the right place rather than into the defendant's pocket, then I hope that our effort helps that," Oliver added.