Deal could be near in Oral Roberts lawsuit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A lawsuit accusing Oral Roberts University's former president and wife of misspending school money to live in luxury could be nearing an out of court settlement.

Three sources who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the case said attorneys have scheduled a mediation conference for Oct. 22.

The developments come more than a year after a civil suit was brought by professors Tim and Paulita Brooker, who allege they were forced out after uncovering financial and ethical wrongdoing by Richard Roberts and his family.

Roberts, son of televangelist and university namesake Oral Roberts, stepped down as president in November amid accusations he and his wife, Lindsay, dropped school money on shopping sprees, home remodels and lavish vacations.

Both have repeatedly denied wrongdoing