Hotline established for people with Oklahoma City bombing fund concerns

The auditing firm hired to investigate management of an Oklahoma City bombing relief fund has established a toll-free information line people can call if they have concerns about how the money has been administered.
by Randy Ellis Published: January 12, 2013
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The auditing firm hired to investigate management of an Oklahoma City bombing relief fund has established a toll-free information line people can call if they have concerns about how the money has been administered.

The telephone number is (855) 858-3344.

“A confidential phone line can be a useful investigative tool,” said Jim Snyder, managing partner of BKD Forensics & Valuation Services. “We've used these in other investigations and found them to be useful and helpful.”

Springfield, Mo.-based BKD, LLP was hired by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to perform an independent investigative review of the foundation's management of a $10 million fund created for the benefit of survivors of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The forensic auditing firm was retained after some bombing survivors publicly accused foundation staff members of sometimes unjustly rejecting survivors' requests for money for education, medical treatment and other assistance.

BKD officials are encouraging anyone with pertinent information about the fund's administration to call the toll-free number and leave a recorded message.

Callers may remain anonymous or can choose to provide their names and contact information, officials said. BKD officials stressed that it is important for the messages to be detailed, including names, dates and places, when possible.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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