Jessica M. Karmasek Mar. 4, 2013, 2:00pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in an interview over the weekend that he is "serious" about workers' compensation fraud, and he wants state businesses to know it.

Pruitt told The Oklahoman on Sunday that he plans to travel the state this year to encourage businesses to report any suspected fraud to his office.

"We want all businesses to know, insurance companies to know, we're after systemic change and we believe prosecuting fraud leads to that kind of systemic change," he said.

Pruitt, a Republican, told the newspaper that he has put a veteran prosecutor in charge of a special unit that investigates and prosecutes both workers' compensation and insurance fraud.

He said the unit's fraud prosecutions are up more than 60 percent already.

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