Oklahoma City (KFOR) – Former Governor Kevin Stitt’s office is keeping its promise to prosecute former Attorney General Mike Hunter.
David Ostrowe has accused Hunter of maliciously and falsely accusing him of attempted bribery – charges which were later dropped after Hunter resigned last year.
Ostrowe also sued the Oklahoma State Tax Commission, claiming they were working with Hunter to prosecute him criminally and damage his reputation.
In June 2021, Ostrow, Oklahoma’s former secretary of digital transformation and administration, publicly announced his intention to sue Hunter.
“We are all victims when unscrupulous people abuse their power,” he said.
Former cabinet member Stitt formally filed a lawsuit for damages on Thursday – accusing Hunter of maliciously suing him with Oklahoma tax commissioners Charles Platt, Clark Jolly and Steve Blager Attempt to bribe a official.
Hunter said in December 2020 that Ostrow “in asking Oklahoma State Revenue Commissioners Steve Bragg and Charles Platt to waive interest and penalties from JCG Futures, LLC if they fail to comply to the directive, that such interest and penalties should be awarded to Oklahoma”, grants from the Oklahoma State Board of Revenue will be withheld. “
The charges were dropped after Hunter resigned in May 2021.
In his lawsuit, Ostrowe said that Hunt and tax commissioners Prater, Jolley and Barrage “never had reasonable grounds in a criminal proceeding to charge, prosecute, arrest, detain and prosecute Mr. Ostrowe.”
Ostrowe is suing for violation of Oklahoma’s open meeting law, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, libel, libel, and willful emotional distress.
In June 2021, he explained to KFOR why it was necessary to bring the case, saying “now is the time to stand up against those who use their political and legal influence to their advantage and harm others for their own ends. personal”.
KFOR contacted the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office and the Oklahoma State Board of Revenue about the lawsuit, both of whom said they could not comment on the ongoing lawsuit.