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Judge approves restraining order in Community Health Charities case

An Oklahoma County district judge signed a court order Tuesday halting a takeover of Community Health Charities of Oklahoma until she can hear arguments over who should govern the charity.
BY RANDY ELLIS rellis@opubco.com Published: January 25, 2012
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An Oklahoma County district judge signed a court order Tuesday halting a takeover of Community Health Charities of Oklahoma until she can hear arguments over who should govern the charity where financial malfeasance has been alleged.

District Judge Patricia Parrish signed the emergency restraining order at the request of ousted board members of the nonprofit organization. The charity, a local affiliate of Community Health Charities of America, collects money through donations and payroll deductions and distributes funds to 27 local health care charities. It received just over $700,000 in contributions in fiscal year 2009.

Ousted officials say they were in the process of conducting an investigation and had uncovered evidence of financial malfeasance by officers and employees when representatives of charities that receive money from their nonprofit group called a special meeting and voted to oust the entire board.

They contend their ouster was done in an effort to end the investigation and keep the alleged wrongdoing from becoming public. The ousted board members are seeking reinstatement.

The judge's emergency order prohibits an interim transition team from conducting meetings, electing officers, electing directors, approving budgets, approving expenditures or attempting in any way to run the charity's business until a hearing can be held Feb. 3.

Ousted officials state in affidavits that they reviewed a portion of the charity's financial records and found financial irregularities involving payments to former Executive Director John Motil and Robyn Boswell, the charity's administrative assistant.

Motil and Boswell could not be reached for comment Monday or Tuesday.

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