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Oklahoma attorney general vows to prosecute workers' compensation fraud cases

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt plans to meet with businesses across state to encourage them to report suspected workers' compensation fraud.
by Nolan Clay Modified: March 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm •  Published: March 3, 2013

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Scott Pruitt

Pruitt is particularly proud of the successful prosecution in 2011 of two former Tulsa attorneys who committed workers' comp fraud and embezzled from clients. One of the former attorneys was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $702,813 in restitution.

“I'm very thankful that we were able to come in and send a message to the folks in the legal community that that doesn't need to occur in the future,” Pruitt said.

He said he wants to educate businesses, too, about what kind of information they can collect to help prosecutors. “We want them to know … we can prosecute fraud whether they settle a claim or not,” he said.

Many of the cases filed in the past have come from complaints made by insurance companies and insurance adjusters.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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