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Feed The Children fires founders' daughter

Dismissal is latest in a series of developments concerning Oklahoma City-based Feed The Children.
BY NOLAN CLAY Published: August 9, 2010
/articleid/3483626/1/pictures/1081935">Photo - Larri Sue Jones , shown in 2001 <strong>STEVE SISNEY</strong>
Larri Sue Jones , shown in 2001 STEVE SISNEY

• Frances Jones said the charity's New York attorneys have brought up cutting her salary from around $205,000 to around $50,000. She said she has been moved to an office away from the charity's headquarters.

She also said the charity has given her until today to sign a confidentiality agreement. She said executives have said her trip to her Abandoned Baby Center in Kenya will be postponed if she doesn't sign. She has hired attorney Gary Richardson, of Tulsa, to represent her. "They want to get rid of me," she said.

• The charity has settled a lawsuit filed by two fired accountants. The accountants, Stephanie Dean and Stefani Hovarter, alleged the charity owes $1.1 million to the state of Oklahoma in back taxes on purchases. They alleged they were fired in September because they reported the delinquency to the Tax Commission. The settlement terms were confidential. The charity is working with the Tax Commission on an agreement about the back taxes.

• The charity in May sold at a loss a house near Hollywood in Burbank, Calif. Larri Sue Jones had lived there when in California. The charity spent $1.2 million in donations in May 2007 on the four-bedroom house. The charity sold the house for $912,000, records show.

• A judge in July signed orders authorizing Feed The Children to pay $303,921 to attorneys who represented five directors last year in the first lawsuit arising out of the board's power struggle with Larry Jones.

• Feed The Children in June sued Allen Jones, the founders' son. They allege Allen Jones and others stripped a charity food distribution warehouse in Elkhart, Ind., of $5 million worth of copper wiring, pipes, equipment and other materials. Larry Jones has said his son wasn't involved in that removal. Allen Jones' attorney declined comment.


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