The filings of a fraud charge against an Oklahoma County judge and bribery charges against a current and a former state lawmaker have some Oklahomans wondering whether there state’s public officials are the most corrupt in the nation, The Oklahoman reports. The answer: Probably not, although elected officials have kept prosecutors busy. The largest public corruption scandal erupted in the early 1980s, when 240 county commissioners and suppliers were convicted of kickback-related charges.
The U.S. Justice Department took a look at public corruption statistics over a 10-year period and reported that Oklahoma had 107 public officials convicted of various crimes from 1998 through 2007. It wasn’t nearly enough to put Oklahoma among the top states in convicted public officials. Florida topped the list with 824, followed by New York with 704 and Texas with 565.