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Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner
John D. Doak issued the following statement in response to reported concerns about the department's Anti-Fraud Unit.
"I'm happy to address any concerns people may have. I am very proud about what our Anti-Fraud Unit is doing, especially since it doesn't come at taxpayer expense. The Unit includes former OSBI agents,
Tulsa homicide detectives, and other long-time law enforcement veterans. They are some of the most experienced criminal investigators in the state of
Oklahoma. They investigate serious crimes including embezzlement, exploitation of the elderly and fraud. We've had cases where victims lost their life savings. We helped track that individual all the way to
Florida where he was arrested. Our investigators also respond to natural disaster scenes, looking for unscrupulous contractors and making sure vulnerable consumers aren't victimized for a second time. Protecting Oklahomans is my top priority. I will do whatever I can to keep them and my investigators safe. The best part about the Anti-Fraud Unit is that it's funded by fines, penalties and multi-state settlements, not taxpayer dollars."
Facts about the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID)
In the last two years, the OID has returned $10 million to the state that the OID was legally authorized to spend.
In FY 2011, the OID deposited $121,055,455 into the General Revenue Fund, $59,884,843 into the Firefighter's Pension Fund and $24,648,957 into the Police Pension Fund.
Today several current and former lawmakers voiced support for the Anti-Fraud Unit.
Sen. Bill Brown, R- Tulsa
"I support the Insurance Department's fraud efforts 100 percent. People need to understand that insurance crime is serious. Those behind it stand to lose a lot of money if they're found out, so they can be very dangerous. We have to do all we can to protect our law enforcement officers, including the members of the Oklahoma Insurance Department's Anti-Fraud Unit."