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Press Releases and Articles

January 11, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 11, 2023) – Attorney General Gentner Drummond has notified Oklahoma County District Attorney Vicki Behenna that his office will take on the responsibility of prosecuting Epic Charter School’s two founders and their former chief financial officer.

January 9, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 9, 2023) – Sworn into office Monday, new State Attorney General Gentner Drummond said he is getting to work immediately as Oklahoma’s chief legal and law enforcement officer. His top priorities include working to improve relations with Oklahoma’s Native American tribes, eliminating illegal marijuana growing operations in the state, prosecuting fraud and corruption, and ensuring governmental transparency.

January 6, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has announced a conciliation agreement with St. John Health System resolving allegations that St. John Health System violated the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act and the Civil Rights Act. 

“In defending the religious freedoms of our healthcare heroes, our job is to ensure that Oklahomans’ civil rights are upheld, and they are made whole,” said Attorney General O’Connor. “And we are pleased that St. John Health System has agreed to take the measures necessary to make that happen.”

January 4, 2023

Oklahoma Approaches $1 Billion in Opioid Settlement Funds Recovered

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor announced four new settlements in the State’s opioid litigation. With these new settlements, Oklahoma has now recovered more than $900 million in opioid settlements. Oklahoma now ranks near the top of all states in total funds recovered on a per capita basis from the companies alleged to bear partial responsibility for the State’s opioid crisis.

December 13, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General John O’Connor supported the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to reduce unwanted text messages by requiring mobile wireless providers to block texts from invalid, unassigned, or unused numbers, and from numbers on a Do Not Originate (DNO) list.

December 6, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor today released the following statement after the Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency for Scott James Eizember.

"A.J. and Patsy Maye Cantrell were born and raised during the throes of the Great Depression in rural Oklahoma. The couple married in 1953 and built a happy and successful life. During their marriage, Patsy and A.J. raised three beloved daughters, Debra, Linda, and Marsha. The Cantrells were incredibly kind and giving, and they often gave back to their community in Depew, in any way they could.

December 5, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor filed Embezzlement charges in McIntosh County against an Oklahoma husband and wife duo accused of defrauding Oklahomans of thousands of dollars for construction projects they never completed.

Victor and Julie Dowling are each charged with 14 counts of Embezzlement and one count of Pattern of Criminal Offenses. If convicted, they each face up to 72 years in prison and over $100,000 in restitution.

December 2, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General John O’Connor and 35 attorneys general announced a $1 million multistate settlement with CarMax Auto Superstores, Inc. The settlement will require CarMax to disclose, before a sale, all open (unrepaired) recalls related to the safety of its used vehicles.

CarMax will continue to use the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) vehicle identification number tool to provide this important safety information to consumers. Consumers can also utilize this tool to check for any open recalls on their vehicles. 

November 29, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor and 17 other state attorneys general are challenging new policies implemented by major shipping companies to obtain data on gun purchasers with unprecedented specificity. These policies could allow federal agencies to bypass warrant requirements to obtain that information.

November 22, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor is urging Oklahomans to use caution when making purchases and donations this holiday season to avoid scams and fraud.