OETA ex-fundraising arm to be audited as expenses questioned
The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - August 11, 2019 8:33 am
(Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The former fundraising partner for the Oklahoma Educational Television Network will undergo a state audit after the OETA raised questions about payments to its former president and employees.
The Oklahoman reports that former OETA board chairman Greg King, whose term ended in June, requested the investigative audit of the OETA Foundation, which is to begin next week.
King said that as the foundation dissolved, former foundation President Daphne Dowdy received more than $700,000 in severance pay and other compensation, while former employees received $240,000 in sick pay, computer software subscriptions, and gasoline for their vehicles.
OETA Foundation attorney Don Lepp denied wrongdoing and called an audit “a waste of time and taxpayer funds.”
The foundation, created in 1982, agreed to dissolve in April amid a legal battle with OETA over distribution of OETA assets.