Pruitt charges Texas woman with medicaid fraud, identity theft

InsuranceFraud1OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Friday announced charges against a Texas woman for fraudulently billing the state’s Medicaid program for services that were never provided.

Melody Lewis, 37, of Dallas, worked as a behavioral health rehabilitation specialist providing therapy sessions through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Between October 2011 and September 2014, Lewis worked for several behavioral health counseling agencies in the Oklahoma City area.

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Missing Hillary emails no one can explain

HillaryClinton1An excellent well-referenced article on The Daily Beast by Alexa Corse and Shane Harris explores a two-month gap in Hillary Clinton’s emails that coincides with violence in Libya and the employment status of a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.

The story notes that among the approximately 2,000 emails released by the State Department from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. So far, there are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

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OK Black Caucus focus on education, public safety

Sen. Kevin Matthews

Sen. Kevin Matthews

Sen. Kevin Matthews said today that members of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus will focus on improving education and increasing training for members of law enforcement and private security personnel in the months ahead. Matthews, who was elected caucus chair in May, said these were two examples of public policy he and his fellow members would be pursuing during the interim and in the 2016 session.

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Jail conflict resolved – for now

DavidLMossCenterAnalysis:  The Tulsa World is reporting that the Tulsa County Justice Authority approved an interlocal agreement Monday that clears some “issues” members have “grappled over for months.”

Grappled may be the mildest word available in English for the long bitter dispute frequently played out in competing press conferences.

The agreement next goes to the County Board of Commissioners, which is expected to sign off at a special meeting sometime this week.

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Roughnecks dominate Whitecaps

Roughnecks vs. Whitecaps

Roughnecks vs. Whitecaps

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Legacy fans of the Tul;sa Roughnecks hold a special place in their hearts for Vancouver, British Columbia as it was there, in 1983, the Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League defeated the Toronto Blizzard 2-0 to earn the original club it’s only world championship and Oklahoma it’s only major league title in any sport.

The Roughnecks of the USL made their first trip north of the border on Friday to take on the Whitecaps 2 and it was a tight match through the first 45 minutes.  Both teams had quality chances in the first half but outstanding goaltending kept the score knotted at nil at the break.
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