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  • Attorney General Hunter Applauds House and Senate Members for Passing Host of Opioid Commission Recommendations

    Attorney General Mike Hunter and members of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse announce the commission's recommendations at a press conference in late JanuaryOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended members of both the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate for working to pass all of the remaining legislation requested by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse and sending the bills to the governor for final approval.Attorney General Hunter said the legis...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Files Charges on former Police Pension Executive Director

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today charged former Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System (OPPRS) Executive Director Steven Snyder with six counts of filing false claims against the state and one count of violating the Computer Crimes Act.According to the affidavit, an examination of travel reimbursement claims submitted by Snyder to the state exposed he was being reimbursed for personal trips and vacations while he was serving as the OPPRS executive director.Informat...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Joins 17-State Coalition Defending Religious Leaders against Atheist Group’s Lawsuit

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined a coalition of 17 state attorneys general to defend the housing allowance religious leaders receive from the federal government.In a brief, supporting an appeal filed by clergy members and churches, the attorneys general ask the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse an October 2017 judgment that declared the parsonage allowance unconstitutional.The original lawsuit was filed in 2011 by the atheist group Freedom from Religion Fou...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Charges Two Medical Professionals with Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today charged a nurse practitioner and her supervising physician with one count each of unlawful distribution of a controlled dangerous substance after an investigation by his office and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD).Dr. Azuka Egbuniwe, 48, is accused of signing prescriptions for schedule II substances for patients she never met with while working as a supervising physician for nurse practitioner Addie Gratz, 43, w...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Stronger Partnership with Tulsa Police, DA’s Office to Investigate, Prosecute White Collar Crimes

    TULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced his office will begin working in further partnership with the Tulsa Police Department (TPD) and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office by offering more assistance and resources to prosecute white collar crime in the Tulsa area.As part of the collaborative effort to curbing white collar crime in Green Country, the TPD and Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office will begin referring more complex, high loss and fraud cases ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter, Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa County DA Announce First Degree Murder Charge in Connection with Overdose Death

    TULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter today joined officials with the Tulsa Police Department and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office to announce a first degree murder charge on an alleged Tulsa drug dealer in connection with an overdose death.Taylor Rogers, 29, is accused of selling heroin to Jillian Searle, who died from the result of an overdose after her mother found her unconscious in their Tulsa home on March 21.Attorney General Hunter said although Searle’s life c...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Hosts Consumer Protection Day, Names BancFirst Operational Security Officer Consumer Champion

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today hosted the eleventh annual Consumer Protection Day to raise awareness of scams and fraud and named the 2018 Consumer Champion.Opening the event, Attorney General Hunter spoke about the important work being done by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit on behalf of Oklahomans.“In 2017, our team of attorneys, investigators and support staff in the consumer protection unit received nearly 20,000 complaints and recovered ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Files Felony Charges on Deer Creek Teacher for Attempted Sex with a Minor

    Charges come after OBN investigationOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today filed charges on Jeramy Gregston after an undercover investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) led to his arrest on allegations he was soliciting sex from a minor.Gregston, 44, was charged in Oklahoma County with one count of attempting to engage in child prostitution and one count of soliciting sexual conduct with a minor by use of technology.Attorney General Hunter applauded OBN investiga...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Warns About Charity Scams during Wildfires, Provides Tips to Avoid Fraud

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter is urging Oklahomans to use caution and to carefully research charities before making a donation to benefit individuals impacted by the recent wildfires.Attorney General Hunter said the assistance through charitable giving and donations provided by Oklahomans after a disaster is crucial in the course of recovery.“By nature, Oklahomans are giving people who want nothing more than to help their neighbors in a time of need,” Attorney Ge...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Statement on the Annual Observance of the Oklahoma City Bombing

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement regarding the annual observance of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.“On today’s solemn annual observance of the Oklahoma City bombing, we remember the 168 innocent victims we lost 23 years ago. We also continue to pay our deepest sympathies and pledge our support and guidance to the loved ones of victims and survivors, who still struggle with the trauma of t...  Read More...

  • ICYMI: The Oklahoman: Commentary: OKC Businessman: Oklahoma doing something about opioid crisis

    In Case You Missed It: Commentary: OKC businessman: Oklahoma doing something about opioid crisisBy Bob Howard | Published: April 18, 2018 With more than 65,000 annual overdose deaths attributed to opioids nationally, and tons of prescription opioids coming into Oklahoma annually, it's high time we more intelligently and tightly controlled this frighteningly dangerous drug.Attorney General Mike Hunter's Opioid Task Force is to be commended for shining a light on the layers of co...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Emergency Price Stabilization Act in Effect for 52 Counties

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Hunter announced the Emergency Price Stabilization Act is in effect for the 52 counties listed in the governor’s executive order, declaring a state of emergency due to wildfires.The price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent for the price of goods and services after a declared emergency. Additionally, the act allows the attorney general to pursue charges against individuals or businesses that engage in price gouging.Attorney G...  Read More...

  • The Oklahoman: Editorial: Sex offender registry laws grounded in reality, not cruelty

    Sex offender registry laws grounded in reality, not crueltyby The Oklahoman Editorial Board  Published: April 10, 2018 LAST year, a federal court judge ruled that Colorado's sex offender registry was unconstitutional because, basically, citizens might use it. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter wants that decision overturned, and is using arguments grounded in legal and practical reality.Hunter, joined by officials from several states, has filed an amicus brief with the 10t...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Joins Other AGs in Supporting U.S. Commerce Secretary’s Authority to Include Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to announce their support of the United States Secretary of Commerce’s authority to reinstate a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census.This information is necessary to provide complete and accurate data, which is critical for a variety of purposes, including promoting the right to participate in fair and free elections, the effective ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Releases Tar Creek Audits

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today requested and received approval from Judge Thomas Prince, who presides over the state’s Multicounty Grand Jury (MCGJ), to release the Lead Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust (LICRAT) audits that were requested by the state’s previous attorney general in 2011.With the audit, Attorney General Hunter released associated investigative files.Attorney General Hunter said the release of the audits come at his discretion,...  Read More...

  • The Oklahoman: Community outreach program reduces violent crime

    Sunday, April 8, 2018 | by Kyle SchwabSouthwest Oklahoma City resident Dorene Robben speaks Tuesday with police officers and state Attorney General Mike Hunter about safety concerns in her community. [Photo by Grayson Cook, The Oklahoman]Watch Attorney General Mike Hunter go door to door with Oklahoma City Police officers as part of the department's community outreach program, funded by the Safe Oklahoma Grant, awarded by the Attorney General's OfficeA cool April breeze rustled bush...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Joins Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, Responsibility.org to Discourage Underage Drinking

    PSA brings attention to Alcohol Responsibility Month, provides resourcesOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has teamed up with Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders and Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn campaign to raise awareness and discourage underage drinking during April, which is Alcohol Responsibility Month.As part of the month-long effort, Attorney General Hunter and Sanders filmed a PSA encouraging parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of underage dri...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter, U.S. Attorney Troester, Announce Guilty Plea in Medicaid Fraud Case

    Samuel Okere to pay more than $140,000 in restitutionOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma Robert J. Troester announced an Oklahoma City behavioral health counselor has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud.At sentencing later this year, Samuel Okere, 61, of Oklahoma City, faces up to of 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years’ probation and up to $250,000 in fines after a federal grand jury charged him with ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Leads 10th Circuit States in Opposing Ruling that Colorado Sex Offender Registration is Unconstitutional

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit urging the court to reverse a federal judge’s declaration that the Colorado sex offender registration is unconstitutional.Joining the brief in support of Colorado were attorneys general from all other states in the jurisdiction of the 10th circuit including, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.The brief comes after a ruling last August by U.S. District...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Commends House and Senate Members as First Opioid Legislation Reaches Governor’s Desk

    Attorney General Mike Hunter today issued the following statement commending the members of both the Oklahoma House and Senate after approving a bill that criminalizes the trafficking of fentanyl and its equivalents.Senate Bill 1078 is the first piece of legislation recommended by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse to pass both chambers and make it to the governor’s desk.“In 2016, fentanyl accounted for more than 20,000 deaths in the United States, overtaking overdose deaths att...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Settlement with EMSA

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced that a $300,000 settlement stemming from a lawsuit, alleging an illegal kickback scheme has been reached with Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) board of trustees.Attorney General Hunter said settling the case was important in order to avoid disruption in ambulance services to Oklahomans relying on EMSA.“Today’s settlement was in the best interest of the more than 1.1 million Oklahomans who rely on the servic...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on State Health Board’s Appointment of Tom Bates as Interim Health Commissioner

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended the members of the Oklahoma State Board of Health for selecting Tom Bates as the interim commissioner for the Department of Health.“Tom is an outstanding leader whose hard work and dedication motivates those around him. He has the knowledge and background to successfully address and resolve the current situation at the Oklahoma Department of Health.“Having worked with Tom, I know him to be a skilled, trusted attorney,...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Leads Coalition in Supporting Federal Legislation to Help States Ability Combat Abuse and Neglect of Medicaid Patients

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today led a bipartisan coalition of 48 states in sending a letter of support to the authors of proposed federal legislation that, if passed into law, would ease federal restrictions currently limiting states’ Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU).Authored by U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg, R-Mich. and Peter Welch, D-Vt., HR 3891 would expand states’ MFCUs authority to detect, investigate and prosecute cases of abuse or neglect of Med...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Seeks Consumer Champion Nominees

    Consumer Champion will be named April 24 at Consumer Protection DayOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter’s Consumer Protection Unit is seeking nominees for the 2018 Consumer Champion Award, given each year at the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Day.This year’s Consumer Champion will be awarded to an individual who has assisted in preventing fraud against the elderly. Ideal nominees are individuals who have taken action to protect an Oklahoma senior citizen f...  Read More...

  • ICYMI: The Hill: Opinion: Remember the victims in the execution debate

    Opinion: Remember the victims in the execution debateBy: Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, Opinion Contributor | March 23, 2018Lost in much of the debate around capital punishment are the victims and their surviving loved ones. These are people who, in many circumstances, have endured public trials and a lengthy appeals process, waiting decades for justice after losing a family member or friend.Their victimization is continuing, haunted by the daily knowledge that they will never see their ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Sends Letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross, Requesting Reinstatement of Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

    Coalition: question imposes minimal burden, but has significant, positive impact on constitutionOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has led a coalition of 13 states in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, requesting the agency reinstate a question on the 2020 Census regarding citizenship.The citizenship question was omitted for the first time in decades in 2010 Census, something the letter to Ross says creates less reliable data for state off...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter, Corrections Director Allbaugh Announce Inert Gas Inhalation as Primary Choice of Execution

    New protocol currently being developedOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh today announced inert gas inhalation will be the state’s primary method of execution once a protocol is developed and finalized.The new method’s adoption comes as officials with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) cannot acquire the proper drugs required to perform executions by lethal injection.According to the state law, if lethal injection is h...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Serves Search Warrant After Investigation into Police Pension System

    AG looking into accusations of embezzlement of operating funds UPDATE: Click here to view the search warrant and affidavitOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced officials with his office served a search warrant and began confiscating electronic equipment at the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System based on evidence relating to the organization’s operating funds.The potential wrongdoing does not pertain to pension funds of the organization’s m...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Files Charges on Two Tulsans for Prescription Forgery

    TULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed charges on two separate individuals for attempting to forge prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances at different Tulsa pharmacies.Attorney General Hunter said it is too easy to forge prescriptions and encourages state leaders to act in order to help end this practice.“Fraudulent prescriptions are attributing to drug diversion, which continues to fuel the opioid abuse crisis that has led to the worst drug epidemic the nation has...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Three Indictments from Multicounty Grand Jury

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the state’s multicounty grand jury issued three indictments on two separate cases involving alleged unlawful prescribing of controlled drugs and an illegal gambling operation.Dr. Jeri Ellis and Dr. Dennis Roberts, both practicing physicians at Ellis Family Practice in Shawnee, were each charged with one count of unlawful distribution of controlled dangerous substances (CDS).The indictment accuses Ellis of signing prescripti...  Read More...