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Investigation opened into embezzlement accusations at Oklahoma Police Pensions system

(KOKH/FILE)

Oklahoma's attorney general is investigating accusations of embezzlement at the Oklahoma Police Pensions and Retirement System.

Attorney General Mike Hunter says that the investigation is based on the organization's operating funds and does not impact pension funds of the organization's membership.

The investigation began following an anonymous tip sent to the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services. The OMES then sent their findings to Hunter's office.

On March 7, officials with Hunter's office served a search warrant on the organization and confiscated electronic equipment.

“To be clear, there is no evidence suggesting law enforcement pensions have been compromised,” Hunter said. “I want to assure our law enforcement partners throughout the state and their families that my office will have their best interests in mind throughout this investigation. They put their lives on the line every day to protect Oklahomans and we will do whatever it takes to safeguard what they have worked hard for."

Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System Vice Chairman Maj. Ryan Perkins said his organization was aware of the investigation.

“We respect the ongoing investigation by the Attorney General’s Office,” Maj. Perkins said. “Our organization takes these allegations seriously and will work with investigators to bring clarity to our members, who trust us to look out for them.”

More information on the investigation is expected to be released Thursday.

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