Sesame Street

“Sesame Street” characters Murray Monster (left) and Count von Count perform with actor Benedict Cumberbatch. OETA — the state agency that once partnered with the foundation — is questioning whether final expenses and others were a misuse of funds. On Tuesday, the state auditor will commence an investigative audit of the OETA Foundation because of those concerns. Associated Press file

In its final days of operation, the charitable organization that raised money for public TV in Oklahoma awarded its terminated employees $240,000 in sick pay, renewed computer software subscriptions for a year and filled up gas tanks.

Daphne Dowdy, president of the OETA Foundation, left with more than $700,000 in severance pay and other compensation, records show.

Now, OETA — the state agency that once partnered with the foundation — is questioning whether those final expenses and others were a misuse of funds. On Tuesday, the state auditor will commence an investigative audit of the OETA Foundation because of those concerns.

“It’s a real shame. ... It’s very disheartening,” said former OETA board chairman Garrett King, who asked for the investigative audit.

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