A former senior accountant at Oral Roberts University has filed suit for wrongful termination, claiming he was ordered to "cook the books" by former university president Richard Roberts, who resigned last week amid accusations that he misspent university funds on vacations, shopping and horses.
Huddleston said in his suit that he was ordered to list tens of thousands of dollars as expenses instead of assets, according to the Associated Press. Nearly $123,000 in funds from the university and Oral Roberts Ministries was used to remodel the home of Roberts, son of televangelist Oral Roberts, and his wife Lindsay, according to the suit.
The suit said Huddleston "was improperly and unlawfully directed to perform functions and duties in violation of state and federal law in an effort by the defendants to 'cook the books' and hide from the appropriate authorities and the public the continued wrongdoing."
Huddleston was fired on the day an audit was scheduled to occur. University regents requested the audit after two professors sued for wrongful termination and accused Roberts of misspending funds. Two students have also sued the university, claiming the terminations lowered the value of their degrees.
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