Sunday, October 7, 2007

I'm Shocked, I Tell You! Shocked!!

I know it's hard to believe but Richard Roberts, son of Oral Roberts and the president of Oral Roberts University (Motto: We Believe In Miracles and as Long as You Keep Sending Us All Your Money, You Can Too!) is in a bit of a pickle over maybe having misused his position and, oh, spent a whole lot of money on personal stuff. And then there's his wife, Lindsay. You won't believe what she's been up to! Here's some of the specifics:

- A longtime maintenance employee was fired so that an underage male friend of Mrs. Roberts could have his position.

- Mrs. Roberts - who is a member of the board of regents and is referred to as ORU's "first lady" on the university's Web site - frequently had cell-phone bills of more than $800 per month, with hundreds of text messages sent between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. to "underage males who had been provided phones at university expense."

- The university jet was used to take one daughter and several friends on a senior trip to Orlando, Fla., and the Bahamas. The $29,411 trip was billed to the ministry as an "evangelistic function of the president."

- Mrs. Roberts spent more than $39,000 at one Chico's clothing store alone in less than a year, and had other accounts in Texas and California. She also repeatedly said, "As long as I wear it once on TV, we can charge it off." The document cites inconsistencies in clothing purchases and actual usage on TV.

- Mrs. Roberts was given a white Lexus SUV and a red Mercedes convertible by ministry donors.

- University and ministry employees are regularly summoned to the Roberts' home to do the daughters' homework.

- The university and ministry maintain a stable of horses for exclusive use by the Roberts' children.

- The Roberts' home has been remodeled 11 times in the past 14 years.

If you want to check out the rest of the gory details, click this link to the AP article.

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