Oklahoma-based charity founders' daughter sues Feed The Children and its directors

Larri Sue Jones was fired in July from Feed The Children.
BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: August 24, 2010 at 7:27 am •  Published: August 24, 2010
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The daughter of Feed The Children's founders has filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the charity and five of its directors.

Larri Sue Jones, 44, alleges in the lawsuit that a takeover of Feed The Children is still in the works. Charity officials Monday specifically denied that claim. Larri Sue Jones is the daughter of charity founders Larry and Frances Jones. Her father was fired in November.

Larri Sue Jones was a charity vice president and its general counsel.

She alleges in her lawsuit she was fired July 22 in retaliation for reporting the takeover talks.

She said she reported to the state attorney general and external auditors that the board in June had a secret meeting to discuss transferring control of Feed The Children to the Green family of Oklahoma.

The attorney general already was investigating allegations of financial wrongdoing at Feed The Children.

Larri Sue Jones alleges the transfer would be harmful to the charity. She claims directors on the board were putting their personal interests above the interests of Feed The Children.

Mart Green, founder of Mardel, a chain of Christian and educational supply stores, said Aug. 5 his family "felt compelled to reach out to Feed The Children" because of the family's extensive experience in assisting ministries. His father is David Green, founder of Hobby Lobby.

Mart Green also said on Aug. 5, "Currently, we are not actively pursuing a relationship with the organization."