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The Attorney General’s Office has been part of Oklahoma’s state government since 1907 when Charles West became Oklahoma’s first Attorney General. Attorney General Scott Pruitt is the sixteenth person to hold the office.
By statute, the Attorney General’s Office provides legal counsel and representation for state agencies and employees. The office also represents the interests of Oklahoma consumers, the state’s natural resources and Oklahoma crime victims.
The Attorney General's office has multiple units dedicated to carrying out the mission and duties of the office.
The Office of Civil Rights Enforcement has the authority to investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and age (40 and above) (plus familial status in housing). The unit also accepts, serves, and reports on complaints of racial profiling based on race and national origin.
The Criminal Appeals Unit represents the state in the criminal appeals process to ensure that the decisions rendered by judges and juries are upheld in the appellate courts.
Oklahoma has a Solicitor General in the Federalism Unit dedicated to representing the interests of the state and challenging the federal government when it has overreached its autority and encroached on the state's ability to craft its own solutions as provided under the law.
In addition to several specialized duties, the General Counsel Unit provides day-to-day legal advice for state agencies, boards and commissions.
The Litigation Section defends and prosecutes the state’s civil matters. The unit also works to recover monies wrongfully taken from the state and supports litigation on behalf of the state in every county and jurisdiction.
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The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit prosecutes individuals who fraudulently bill the state through its Medicaid program. It also serves as a safeguard against service providers that dole out fraudulent, criminal, or sometimes, sub-par services to Oklahoma nursing home residents.
The Multicounty Grand Jury Unit investigates and prosecutes cases ranging from homicide to narcotics violations. The unit also administers all aspects of the Multicounty Grand Jury.
The Public Protection Unit’s mission is to protect vulnerable consumers from fraudulent, unfair or deceptive business practices. The Unit also manages and administers the Oklahoma Mortgage Settlement Fund.
The Public Utilities Unit represents and protects the interests of the state’s utility customers in rate-related proceedings. The unit also participates in utility-related task forces.
The Tobacco Enforcement Unit is chaged with enforcing the Oklahoma Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Act and the Oklahoma Master Settlement Agreement Complementary Act.
The Victim Services Unit oversees funding and certification for domestic violence, sexual assault, batterers intervention and adult victims of sex trafficking programs across the state. The unit also provides training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors and shelter workers.
The Workers’ Compensation, Insurance and Social Security Fraud Unit investigates and prosecutes fraud on the part of claimants, doctors, attorneys, and insurance companies. The unit also investigates fraudulent federal benefits claims. The unit also provides education and training about workers’ compensation fraud.