Date:June 11; June 29; August 20; August 27; December 17; December 18
The Oklahoman investigated nursing homes in the area and found a scandal widely affecting the states' elderly population. "Many residents of long term care facilities were not only being neglected, but physically abused. When abuses were discovered, prosecutors usually let the abusers off with deferred or suspended sentences." Reporters also found that "The Health Department payroll included dozens of people who were relatives of state legislators and Health Department administrators." In addition, The Oklahoman found nine ghost employees who "not only collected paychecks while doing little or no work", but also received money from "submitted bogus travel and expense reports."