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OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities say they are cracking down on people attempting to fraudulently cash in on federal benefits they do not deserve.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the Worker’s Compensation, Insurance and Social Security Fraud Unit conducted 179 investigations in 2013 and prevented more than $14.9 million in fraudulent Social Security payments from being paid.

Also, more than $8.3 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid payments were stopped.

Pruitt said, “We’re sending a clear message that we will aggressively investigate and hold accountable those who would seek to defraud these programs for their personal gain.”