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Powers and duties of Oklahoma's attorney general

The attorney general of Oklahoma is elected by the people of Oklahoma and serves as the chief legal officer of the state.
by Randy Ellis Published: October 8, 2012
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

• Prosecute and defend on behalf of the state in civil matters and work to recover monies wrongfully taken from the state.

• Investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud cases.

• Investigate and prosecute abuse of Medicaid patients in nursing homes.

• Lead Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury, which investigates a wide variety of cases, up to and including murder and racketeering. Prosecute some of the individuals indicted by the grand jury.

• Operate a Public Protection Unit that acts to protect vulnerable consumers from fraudulent, unfair or deceptive business practices.

• Oversee funding and certification for domestic violence programs across the state. Also, provide training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors and shelter workers.

• Investigate and prosecute workers' compensation and insurance fraud.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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