Oklahoma AG seeks third party to distribute OETA Foundation assets

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Oklahoma’s attorney general has asked a district court to appoint a third-party receiver to distribute assets of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Foundation after the public TV network severed its relationship with the fundraiser.

The board of the statewide TV network voted to cut ties with the foundation in January after months of disagreements culminating in a lawsuit filed by the foundation in December. After the board vote, the foundation refused to leave its office in the OETA building in Oklahoma City.

In the filing Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court, Hunter said the December lawsuit “raises questions regarding which party has the legal right to the property, assets and/or trusts.” A receiver is necessary, he said, to ensure “appropriate and proper distribution” of the foundation’s assets, because it is a public charity.

The foundation has until April 1 to respond to the application for a receiver, according to a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office. A court date can then be set for a hearing on the motion.

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