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  • 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...

  • 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 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: Real Clear Policy: Attorney General Mike Hunter: Charting a New Course for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    In Case you Missed ItReal Clear Policy: Charting a New Course for the Consumer Financial Protection BureauBy: Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter Last month, Richard Cordray stepped down from his post as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB now has the opportunity to move in a new direction — one that respects constitutional limits, promotes a healthy and well-functioning financial system, and thereby benefits consumers.The CFPB was establi...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Corporation Commission Decision to Track and Later Return Savings to Utility Customers

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement after members of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) voted on the motions filed by his office, asking for a reduction in customer utility rates from the state’s leading utility companies, after the corporate income tax rate went from 35 percent to 21 percent.The OCC voted two-to-one, in favor of the attorney general’s alternative proposal, which requires utility companies to begin tracking...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Urges Oklahomans to Prepare for Frigid Temperatures

    Attorney General Hunter’s consumer and utility units develop tips to keep Oklahomans safeOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter is imploring Oklahomans to take precaution and prepare for temperatures in the low teens and single digits over the weekend and into next week.According to local weather reports, arctic air is expected to move into the state overnight and keep temperatures below freezing and approaching record – cold levels at times across the state. On Monday, w...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Joins Supreme Court Challenge to End California’s Restrictive Farming Regulations

    Report: regulation has cost between $227 million and $912 million since 2015OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and 12 other attorneys general from across the nation have challenged California’s unjustifiably burdensome farming regulations in the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the policy has cost hundreds of millions of dollars to agricultural producers and consumers across the county.According to the filing, California’s requirements for out of state egg producers violate...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Offers Tips for Oklahomans to Avoid Online Holiday Shopping Scams

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter is urging Oklahomans to use caution when making online purchases this holiday season to avoid scams and fraud.According to Adobe Digital Insights, a company that publishes research on digital marketing to marketers and business leaders, reported online sales during the 2016 holiday season hit a record $91.7 billion in sales, up from $82.5 billion in 2015. Researchers anticipate even more online sales in 2017.The FBI’s 2016 Internet Crime R...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Charges Nursing Home Caretaker with Financial Exploitation

    Attorney General Hunter provides tips to help senior citizensOKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General Mike Hunter has charged a certified nurse aide with four counts of financial exploitation by a caretaker and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses.An investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered Tracy Borman, 41, of Mannford, allegedly used an elderly resident’s debit card to withdraw cash from a bank account and make other unauthorized pur...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Plea in Tornado King Embezzlement Case

     William Stephens ordered to pay more than $100,000 to victimsNORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced William Stephens, the owner of Tornado King, a storm shelter manufacturing and installation company, pleaded no contest to six counts of embezzlement and one count of a pattern of criminal offenses.As part of the plea, Stephens will pay $101,403.23 in restitution to victims and serve a five year deferred sentence.Attorney General Hunter commended the work of the agents w...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Settlement with General Motors over Defective Ignition Switch

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced a $120 million settlement between attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia and General Motors Company (GM) after the company concealed known safety issues related to ignition switch defects in a number of its vehicles.The multistate investigation began in 2014, after GM recalled several vehicle models in response to the issue that affected over nine million vehicles. The defective ignition switch could shut off...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter to Speak at AARP Oklahoma Cons, Frauds and Scams Safety Seminar

    Free event, open to the public, registration ends Monday at 11 p.m.TULSA – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter will join a host of local fraud watch experts and consumer advocates to speak on the latest scams targeting Oklahomans at the AARP Oklahoma, Cons Frauds and Scams Safety Seminar.The event takes place Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center Zarrow Campus in the Barbara and Dave Sylvan Auditorium, 2021 E.   Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Signs Letter to Equifax Citing Concerns, Lists Recommendations

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today signed a letter, along with a coalition of 34 attorneys general, to Equifax citing several concerns and listing recommendations to better assist consumers.In the letter, attorneys general asked Equifax to address the concerns promptly to ensure victims of the breach are treated fairly and Equifax isn’t using the incident as an opportunity to profit off victims.The letter comes after Equifax, one of the nation’s largest...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Urges Caution about Charity Scams Following Hurricane Harvey

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today is warning Oklahomans of charity fraud and other scams in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.Attorney General Hunter said the work of charitable organizations is key to the recovery process after a disaster. However, some see it as an opportunity to run scam operations asking for money the victims never see.“As the tragedy on the Gulf Coast continues to unfold, I know Oklahomans will step up to help in a multitude of ways, like we...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Emergency Price Stabilization Act in Effect Statewide

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is reminding Oklahomans the Emergency Price Stabilization Act is in effect for all 77 counties after the disaster emergency declaration announced yesterday.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.The order was cal...  Read More...

  • Consumer Alert: AG Hunter Urges Oklahomans to Stop Using, Purchasing LayZ Board Hoverboards

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued warning after deadly house fire OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is urging Oklahomans to stop purchasing or using LayZ Board Hoverboards.A letter from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning citizens about hoverboards manufactured by LayZ Board, Inc., after investigators found evidence a LayZ Board was to blame for a house fire on March 10, in Harrisburg, Pa.   Read More...

  • UPDATE: William Stephens, Owner of Tornado King Shelters, in Custody

    MUSKOGEE – Agents with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office arrested William Stephens, the owner of Tornado King Shelters, yesterday in Muskogee.Stephens is currently in the Muskogee County Jail awaiting transfer to Cleveland County, where the charges against him were filed on Monday.Attorney General Mike Hunter commended the quick action of the agents, who wasted no time tracking Stephens down.“I appreciate the agents for working around the clock to track Stephens do...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Files Charges on Tornado King

    William Stephens charged with seven felony counts of embezzlementOKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the filing of seven felony counts of embezzlement against William Stephens, who owns Tornado King Shelters.After the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit received multiple complaints of alleged fraud against the Tornado King Shelters company, an investigation was launched into Stephens and his company.Throughout the course of the investigation, agents disc...  Read More...