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Oklahoma man honored for work with Brad Edwards Consumer Protection Award

OKLAHOMA CITY – To help protect you from identity theft, Attorney General Scott Pruitt is letting you shred your sensitive documents for free Tuesday.

Pruitt and MIDCON Data Services are teaming up on Oklahoma Consumer Protection Day and shredding your papers free from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the west parking lot at the A.G.’s office at 313 N.E. 21st St. near N. Lincoln Blvd.

Consumer experts will also be there to answer your questions on how to avoid fraud, scams and identity theft.

The Brad Edwards Consumer Protection Award is also a part of the day each year.

NewsChannel 4’s own Ashton Edwards, Brad’s daughter, honored this year’s recipient, D.A. fraud investigator David Cathey, with A.G. Pruitt at the State Capitol Tuesday morning.

Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award 2014 recipient David Cathey

Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award 2014 recipient David Cathey

“Cathey’s dedication to protect Oklahomans against criminals and educating citizen groups statewide on how to avoid fraud is an example to all of us who serve and vow to protect our citizens,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “He has made a significant contribution to the education and awareness of consumer issues to help protect communities from exploitation. This honor is well-deserved.”

Cathey began his career as part of Capitol Patrol at the State Capitol, later serving as a trooper for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

While working for OHP, he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Central University.

He also graduated from the 10th Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Academy and served as a special agent for the OSBI with special training in investigation of financial crimes, computer crimes and general investigations.

Following retirement from the OSBI, Cathey became an investigator for District Attorney Emily Redman, and is assigned to investigate forgeries, embezzlement and bogus checks.

Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award 2014

Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award 2014

He works with an economic crime task force operated by the U.S. Secret Service and is deputized as a special deputy U.S. Marshal.

Tips from the Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit to help avoid ID theft:

- Never give personal information over the telephone unless you have made the call.
– Destroy documents with credit card or bank account information.
– Destroy pre-approved credit card applications.
-If you order pre-printed checks, pick them up at the bank rather than having them mailed.
– Check your credit report once a year.
– Monitor bank and credit card accounts more than once a month.
– Only shop online at secure websites.
– Never use information such as birth dates, last four digits of your social security number or phone numbers as pin numbers or passwords on accounts.

For more information on how to avoid identity theft or to report fraud, go online to www.oag.ok.gov, call (405) 521-2029 or e-mail PublicProtection@oag.ok.gov.