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July 4, 2014

11th most corrupt state

NORMAN — Oklahoma, with its massive county commissioner scandal in the 1970s and 1980s, ranks as the 11th most corrupt state, researchers have determined.

Academics at Indiana University and the University of Hong Kong looked at 25,000 convictions of public officials for violations of federal anti-corruption laws between 1976 and 2008.

The commissioner scandal, led by U.S. attorney Bill Price, concluded with more than 230 convictions or guilty pleas by commissioners, former elected officials and contractors. The convictions included dozens of sitting commissioners and happened in 60 of the state’s 77 counties, including Cleveland County.

The most corrupt state was Mississippi. Also making the top 10 were Louisiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Alaska, South Dakota, Kentucky and Florida.

The study concluded that Oregon was the least corrupt state.

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