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  • Attorney General Hunter Urges Congressional Leadership to Better Protect Seniors Victimized by Fraud

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today sent a letter to congressional leadership, urging both chambers to amend the 1984 Victims of Crime Act to include senior citizens victimized by fraud as eligible for reimbursement by the Crime Victims Fund.Reimbursements distributed from the Crime Victims Fund are typically reserved for victims of violent crime, not financial or white-collar crimes.Edith’s Bill, or the Edith Shorougian Senior Victims of Fraud Compensation Act, would ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Files Felony Charges on Roofing Contractor

    AG’s office encourages additional victims to come forwardOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has charged a contractor in Noble who received thousands of dollars from Oklahomans in exchange for roofing repairs he never completed.The four felony counts against Chad Davis, 38, come after the Attorney General’s Office filed three prior felony charges against him in February.In all seven charges, investigators allege Davis followed the same pattern of fraudulent behavior by...  Read More...

  • AG Hunter Warns of Privacy Issues Surrounding Contact Tracing Apps, Sends Letter to Apple, Google Asking Companies to Help Protect Consumers

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Hunter is warning Oklahomans that downloading certain contact tracing applications to their cellphones or computers could compromise their personal identifiable information, including sensitive health information.In an effort to alert Apple and Google to these concerns Attorney General Hunter joined a bi-partisan coalition of 38 other state attorneys general in sending a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking the companies to take steps...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Files Home Repair Fraud Charges on Husband and Wife Duo

    Couple allegedly bilked over $313,000 from victimsOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced a 10-count felony indictment on a husband and wife duo accused of home repair fraud and embezzlement, where they took more than $313,000 from 10 victims.In numerous cases, Bobby and Crystal Smith, who owned Ultimate Roofing and Construction, are alleged to have requested money from victims up front for projects they either never started or began but did not complete.In other insta...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Calls on Web-Based Platforms to Crack Down on Illegal Alcohol Sales

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Hunter has sent a letter that calls on the websites Facebook, Craigslist and eBay to take more proactive measures to eliminate illegal online alcohol sales.The letter was part of a multi-state, bipartisan, coalition of 46 attorneys general who are asking the companies to review current postings for online alcohol sales, remove illegal postings and develop programming to block and prevent users from violating state laws.“This isn’t just about vio...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Collaboration with Phone Companies to Fight Illegal Robocalls

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the result of an 18 month investigation by a bipartisan, multistate, working group of attorneys general and phone companies that have partnered to find meaningful solutions to illegal and unwanted robocalls.The ongoing working group consists of attorneys general from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and 12 different service providers. Working collaboratively, the companies agreed to adopt a set of eight principles to fight illegal...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Releases Statement on FCC Commission Approving Measure to Ban Caller ID Spoofing in Text Messages and International Calls

    Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for voting to implement rules to ban caller ID spoofing in text messages and international calls.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai originally proposed the rules to the commission in July following the recommendations of a bipartisan coalition of 42 state attorneys general, including Attorney General Hunter, in May.The new rules amend the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 by implementing federal legislation passed in 2018 that ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Fugitive Wanted for Fraud in Custody

    Jerry Fellers has been on the run for over a yearMIAMI, Okla. – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced that wanted fugitive, Jerry Shane Fellers, has been brought into custody after being on the run since last June when he was formally charged with crimes relating to home repair fraud and embezzlement.Last month, the Attorney General’s Office filed additional charges on Fellers, including two counts of embezzlement, two counts of home repair fraud and one count of a pattern of ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Commends FCC Chairman Pai, Commission for Passing Measure to Encourage Phone Companies to Block Robocalls

    Attorney General Mike Hunter today applauded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and the members of the commission for passing a measure to combat robocalls.The new rule allows and encourages phone companies to block robocalls by default. The companies must first inform customers and give them the opportunity to opt out of having the calls blocked.Many phone companies already offer call blocking technology on an opt-in basis, but customers have to ask for the service and of...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Settlement Agreement in OG&E Rate Case

    Customer rates will not be increasedOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced that parties involved in the current rate case with Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) have reached a settlement agreement that ensures no rate increase for the company’s customers.OG&E filed its rate case last December and asked the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) for an annual rate increase of nearly $78 million. Last month, the attorney general filed expert witness testim...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Meets with FCC Chairman Pai to Discuss Combating Robocalls, Consumer Protection Issues in Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today welcomed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to Oklahoma.The two scheduled the meeting as part of the chairman’s first trip to Oklahoma as head of the FCC to discuss consumer protection issues, namely robocalls, and the state and federal government’s response in combatting the burdensome scams associated with them.The meeting between Attorney General Hunter and Chairman Pai comes after the chairman last week proposed sweepi...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Issues Consumer Alert on Scam Calls from Sierra Leone

    Calls charge high connection, international feesTULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter today issued a consumer alert after a rash of scam phone calls from Sierra Leone have bludgeoned Oklahomans with Tulsa area codes.Local authorities believe the calls are part of a scam known as a wangiri scam, or one ring phone scam, where an individual’s phone will only ring once in an attempt to get the individual to call the number back, resulting in charges for high international rates or connection fees.The...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Emergency Price Stabilization Act in Effect Following State of Emergency Declaration

    AG’s Consumer Unit provides tips on how to avoid fraud during recoveryOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the state’s price gouging statute is in effect for the 52 counties named in the governor’s state of emergency declaration.The Emergency Price Stabilization Act prohibits an increase of more than 10% for the price of goods and services after a declared emergency. The statute triggers automatically after the governor issues a state of emergency....  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Urges Congress to Take Action Against Robocalls

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Hunter, along with 53 other attorneys general, have sent a letter to the heads of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, urging action on federal legislation that would effectively address illegal scam calls.The bipartisan legislation, titled the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, would require service providers to adopt technology that verifies that incoming calls are legitimate before they reac...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Launch of Wells Fargo Consumer Compensation Review Program

    Oklahomans not yet made whole by the bank encouraged to submit claimsOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced that Wells Fargo has begun a new program aimed at assisting customers who have not been compensated through other remediation efforts after a multi-state investigation alleged the bank opened millions of unauthorized accounts, among other fraudulent business practices.The consumer redress review program was one of the requirements announced last December as part...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Issues Consumer Alert on Social Security Administration Phone Scams

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today warned Oklahomans to be aware of phone calls from scam artists claiming to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and attempting to steal social security numbers and money.A scam will typically involve the con artist telling individuals their social security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity, or because it has been involved in a crime. The scammers will then request for the victim to confirm their social security...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces More than 1,100 Oklahomans to Receive Debt Relief as Part of Settlement with Career Education Corporation

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced for-profit education company Career Education Corporation (CEC) will forgo collecting more than $2.2 million in student loan debt from 1,131 Oklahomans as part of a national settlement.In total, the company will forgive over $493.6 million to 179,529 students from 48 states and the District of Columbia. The only two states not included in the settlement are California and New York.The announcement ends an investigation by attorne...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Multistate Settlement with Wells Fargo for Violating Consumer Protection Laws

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced a settlement agreement has been reached with Wells Fargo Bank that addresses the bank’s account scandal and business practices that date as far back as 2009.As part of the settlement, Wells Fargo will pay $575 million to 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bank will also create and implement a consumer redress review program, where customers who have not been made whole through other restitution programs can seek a ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Plea Agreement in Case against Richard and Ryan Tate

    Defendants to pay more than $820,000 to victimsAttorney General Mike Hunter takes questions after discussing the plea agreement between the state and Richard and Ryan TateOKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the state has reached a plea agreement with Richard and Ryan Tate, who will spend the next two decades on probation in order to pay more than $820,000 in restitution to victims. As part of the plea, the former executives of Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group we...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Joins Coalition Urging Social Security Administration to Fight Synthetic Identity Theft

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general in asking the Social Security Administration (SSA) to comply with a new provision of federal law that aims to protect consumers from synthetic identity theft.Earlier this year, Congress passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, which requires the SSA to develop a database to facilitate the verification of a consumer’s information when requested by ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Oklahoma Victims of Debt Collector’s Robo-Signing Scheme to Receive More than $320,000 in Credit

     Settlement includes reformed debt buying, collecting practices OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced 266 Oklahomans, who were victims of Midland Funding, LLC.’s debt-buying scheme, will receive $327,437 in credit as part of a nationwide settlement.Today’s announcement is the result of a 2012 multistate investigation into Encore Capital Group, Inc., one of the nation’s largest debt collection companies, and its subsidiaries, Midland Credit...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter’s Office Announces Process Created to Allow Some Tate Victims to retrieve Digital Book and Music Files

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced some of the authors and musicians who were victimized by the owners of Tate Publishing can safely retrieve their work through a secure website set up through the state.In a letter delivered to over 1,100 Tate victims, authorities with the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Unit explain, step-by-step, how to access the website to download their work.To read the file letter, click here. The letter does not constitute...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Calls on the FCC to Adopt New Rules to Crack Down on Robocalls and Scam Phone Calls

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and a bipartisan coalition of 34 state attorneys general have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), calling on the commission to adopt new rules to allow telephone service providers to block robocalls and scam phone calls before they reach consumers.The added authority sought by the attorneys general will allow service providers to use new technology to detect and block illegal robocalls – even those coming from what appear to ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Price Gouging Statute in Effect Statewide

    AG’s Consumer Unit provides tips on how to avoid contractor fraud during recoveryOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the Emergency Price Stabilization Act is in effect for all 77 counties after the state was recently hit by several rounds of heavy rain and storms, causing flooding, tornadoes and damage throughout the state.The law, also referred to as the price gouging statute, triggers automatically after a declaration of emergency and prohibits an increase ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter to Give Oklahoma Uber Drivers Affected by 2016 Data Breach Money after Settlement Agreement

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced his office will give $100 to 4,655 Oklahoma Uber drivers who were affected by the 2016 data breach as part of a national settlement with the company.The $148 million settlement comes after attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia investigated the California-based ride-sharing company for failing to report the breach within a reasonable amount of time, violating every state’s laws regarding data brea...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Files Charity Fraud Charges against Former President of the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa

    TULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter today charged a former board president of the Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa for allegedly embezzling money from the organization.Jamie Harper faces 19 counts of embezzlement and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses after an investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit.A complaint filed by a member of the organization’s board led to the investigation. The complaint alleged Harper was making misrepre...  Read More...

  • AG Hunter, Tulsa VFW Commander & AARP Announce 20 Count Felony Indictment on Tulsa Man for Charity Fraud Involving a Veterans Organization

    Attorney General Hunter speaks at a news conference announcing a 20 count felony indictment on a Tulsa man for charity fraud involving a veterans organization with AARP's Wayne Blackmon (left) and VFW Commander Joshua Starks at the Tulsa VFW on Thursday morning.TULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter was joined today by Tulsa VFW Commander Joshua Starks and AARP’s Wayne Blackmon to announce a 20-count felony indictment on a Tulsa man for his role in a charity fraud case that has defrauded around 60...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Settlement with Volkswagen over Diesel Scandal

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced an $8.5 million settlement has been reached with Volkswagen (VW) and related auto manufacturers from the state’s lawsuit against the automakers for false and deceptive advertising.The lawsuit was filed after an investigation found the company deliberately installed illegal software in diesel vehicles to cheat laboratory emissions tests, allowing the vehicles to meet standards. During real-world driving conditions, the emiss...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Tours Western Oklahoma Fire Damaged Areas, Cautions Local Residents of Potential Scams

    Attorney General Hunter (right) meets with a local rancher outside of Camargo at a volunteer supply distribution center. The rancher was picking up wire to repair miles of fence destroyed on his property during the wildfires.WOODWARD – Attorney General Mike Hunter on Tuesday joined Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey for a tour of Western Oklahoma farms and ranches damaged by the recent wildfires.While meeting with residents, Attorney General Hunt...  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...