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Fri January 25, 2013

AG Confirms Investigation of Oklahoma Veterans System

The Veterans Center at Claremore
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma attorney general's office says it's conducting a criminal investigation into the state's veterans system.

Spokeswoman Diane Clay tells the Journal Record that the office is investigating the entire system — not a single center — with the option of bringing the findings to Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury.

The investigation comes after the Journal Record published multiple reports alleging abuse, neglect, rape and deaths at several of the state's veterans centers. This includes the May scalding death of World War II veteran Jay Minter, who died after he was placed in a malfunctioning whirlpool at Claremore Veterans Center.

One employee was fired and two workers were suspended after Minter's death.

A report from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs recommended that criminal charges be filed over Minter's death.