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  • 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 Advises Health Department to Release Data

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today advised the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) that releasing the data about COVID-19 infections does not violate state or federal law, as long as individuals are not identifiable.After consultation with the attorney general, the OSDH will resume releasing local infection data and deaths. Demographic data, such as age and race, will only be released in aggregate.“Releasing the total numbers of each locality, county and state-...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter: Unmarked Stimulus Debit Cards Not Always a Scam

    OKLAHOMA CITY – In response to reports that some Americans are mistakenly discarding stimulus debit cards, Attorney General Mike Hunter today urged Oklahomans to not assume the unmarked envelopes containing cards are junk mail.The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last week the agencies had begun the process of sending nearly 4 million Visa debit cards loaded with the $1,200 stimulus payments to Americans.The debit cards are arriving at househ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Advises Long-Term Care Facilities that Stimulus Funds Cannot Be Taken from Medicaid Recipients

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today sent a letter to nursing homes and assisted living facilities statewide to inform administrators that taking Medicaid recipients’ COVID-19 stimulus funds is illegal.According to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the economic impact payments are considered a tax credit, therefore exempt from federal benefits programs such as Medicaid.Signed by Pres. Donald Trump in March, the CARES Act included $2.2 trill...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Urges the U.S. House to Pass Bill to Protect First Responders from Coronavirus

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in sending a letter to Congress, urging members to pass the Safeguarding America’s First Responders (SAFR) Act.The Act would permit the families of first responders, who die or are permanently disabled as a result of COVID-19, to receive the same federal benefits extended to first responders, or their survivors, otherwise killed or injured in the line of duty. It recently passed the ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Calls for Norman Mayor to Include Places of Worship in Phase One of Reopening

    The Attorney General's Office released guidelines for gathering in places of worship statewide on Saturday, March 14. Read the guidelines, here: https://bit.ly/2WyCg9u. OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today called for Norman Mayor Breea Clark to amend her ‘Healthier at Home’ plan to include places of worship in Phase One.The mayor’s current goal for reopening places of worship is in Phase One B, set for May 15. Both state and federal law limit the ma...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Launches New Effort to Assist Victims of Unemployment Fraud

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced his office has developed a new resource to help process unemployment fraud claims.Individuals or businesses that receive bogus claims are asked to fill out a new form on the attorney general’s website, where the claim will then be directed to the proper law enforcement agency.Attorney General Hunter said during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increased number of fraudulent filings to the Oklahoma Employm...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Recognizes Victims’ Rights Week, Reminds Victims Resources Are Still Available Amid Pandemic

    OKLAHOMA CITY – In recognizing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Attorney General Mike Hunter today issued a reminder to victims of domestic abuse or child abuse that shelters and other crisis centers are still operating amid the Coronavirus pandemic.The prompt for victims to seek help comes as law enforcement officials in some areas of the state have seen an increase of calls in response to domestic violence and child abuse cases.Attorney General Hunter said victims of violence n...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Partners with Amazon to Combat Coronavirus Fraud Online

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced his office’s ongoing partnership with Amazon to combat fraud and price gouging related to the Coronavirus.The partnership will involve representatives from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit and Amazon working together and frequently communicating about complaints on the price of goods and other fraudulent sales practices on the company’s website. It also will foster better, more immediate investiga...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Warns of Scams Surrounding Coronavirus Relief Funds

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today issued a warning about potential fraud to Oklahomans awaiting their economic impact payments from the federal government.The economic impact payments are part of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Signed by Pres. Donald Trump in March, the act included funding for emergency assistance to Americans and businesses financially struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.Attorney General Hunter said the ec...  Read More...

  • Gov. Stitt, Attorney General Hunter Release Guidance for Statewide Law Enforcement to Limit COVID-19 Exposure

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Working with different stakeholder groups, law enforcement associations, the corrections system and other state agencies, Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Mike Hunter today released what they deem as best practices for statewide law enforcement officials to follow to limit their exposure to COVID-19.The document addresses what the group considers the four main areas of transmission management, and provides guidelines on how to best prevent exposure during an arrest, the tran...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter, U.S. Attorney Downing Coordinate Efforts to Combat Coronavirus Fraud

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and U.S. Attorney Tim Downing today announced a state-federal partnership that will combine resources and information to investigate and prosecute con artists attempting to defraud Oklahomans during the Coronavirus emergency.Both the attorney general and the U.S. attorney for Oklahoma’s western district agree that combining state and federal resources enables the two agencies to more quickly verify allegations, which will expedite the process of stopp...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Clarifies Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Law Enforcement Action for Non-Compliance

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following information regarding law enforcement action relating to individuals or business owners that do not comply with the governor’s March 24 executive order.“The guidelines in the governor’s executive order call for Oklahomans to act in the best interest of their fellow citizens,” Attorney General Hunter said. “What we are calling on more than anything, is for Oklahomans to be good citizens, good neighbors and comply with the g...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Issues Consumer Alert on At-Home Coronavirus Testing

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today issued a consumer alert after receiving reports of individuals attempting to sell at-home tests for the Coronavirus.Attorney General Hunter said Oklahomans need to be on high alert for scam artists trying to sell or administer home-testing kits for COVID-19.“There are currently no credible test kits on the market for the Coronavirus that someone can administer in their home,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Additionally, no health care provider, ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Issues Statement Clarifying Issues Surrounding Church Services amid COVID-19 Fears

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement after numerous inquiries on whether or not the state or local governments have the authority to cancel church services tomorrow amid COVID-19 fears.“Consistent with state and federal legal safeguards, church services across the state can go on as normal tomorrow unless they are postponed or rescheduled by the church itself,” Attorney General Hunter said. “If the situation were to ever become so dire that church s...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Price Gouging Statute in Effect Statewide Following Federal Emergency Declaration Regarding COVID-19

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the state’s price gouging statute is in effect statewide following Pres. Donald Trump’s emergency declaration regarding COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus.The price gouging statute, or the Emergency Price Stabilization Act, prohibits an increase of more than 10% for the price of goods or services after a declared emergency. The statute automatically triggers after the issuance of a state or federal emergency declaration.Attorney G...  Read More...