Attorney general reviews allegations against Oklahoma charity

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: April 10, 2010 at 1:23 am •  Published: April 10, 2010
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e 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.