Oklahoma’s attorney general has opened a formal investigation of Feed The Children because of allegations of misuse of funds, an assistant attorney general disclosed Friday. The investigation will involve scrutiny of the charity board of directors and its former president, Larry Jones, who was fired in November. "This could end up a criminal matter,” Assistant Attorney General Julie Bays told Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish. The disclosure came at a hearing in the first lawsuit Jones filed against Oklahoma City-based Feed The Children, one of the nation’s biggest charities. Attorney General Drew Edmondson on March 23 asked to intervene in the lawsuit to protect the public’s interest. The judge on Wednesday agreed. Criminal charges are only one possible outcome from the investigation. The attorney general also could take no action, ask the charity to make changes or ask a judge to appoint a receiver. No time was given on how long the investigation could take. In his first lawsuit, Jones asked the judge to appoint a temporary receiver to operate the charity. The involvement of the attorney general means the judge no longer will consider appointing a receiver unless Edmondson makes the request. The charity has accused Jones of taking bribes, hiding porn magazines at the charity and "bugging” executives’ offices. The charity also alleges he misspent charity funds, pocketed travel money, kept gifts from appearances, secretly gave himself a raise and misused a charity employee as a nanny. Jones denies wrongdoing. He alleges charity officials knowingly failed to pay taxes on purchases, lied about their efforts in Haiti to get contributions, mismanaged the charity’s savings accounts and improperly fired whistleblowers. He also alleges directors want to misuse charity funds to pay $300,000 in attorney fees. Jones has a second lawsuit before a different judge. In the second lawsuit, he is seeking reinstatement as president. Oklahoma City police already did an investigation of Jones last year when the charity found evidence three offices were bugged. Jones admitted to police he authorized the installation of hidden microphones but said he only intended to record his own conversations, which would be legal. Prosecutors declined to charge Jones. The attorney general’s investigation is not expected to revisit that issue. The new investigation also is not expected to involve the magazines found in Jones’ office. Jones has said the magazines were research for a novel he is doing with a writer in Tennessee.