Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

June 24, 2011

Oklahoma AG names Fry to lead fraud control unit

AP-Associated Press

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has named one of his assistants to lead his office's Medicaid fraud control unit.

Pruitt said Friday that Assistant Attorney General Mykel Fry is "a dedicated prosecutor who is well-suited to investigate and root out misuse of taxpayer funds by individuals or businesses through the Medicaid program."

Pruitt says the unit investigates more than 100 cases of Medicaid fraud each year throughout Oklahoma and that since 2000, the unit has recovered almost $78.5 million for the state through prosecution and restitution.

Pruitt says Fry will focus on new training for law enforcement personnel to help them better recognize Medicaid fraud situations during criminal investigations.

Fry says the unit also is developing a database to help improve the state's ability to recognize and track Medicaid Fraud.