OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — The former director of the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System has been charged with filing false claims.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Tuesday that former OPPRS executive director Steven Snyder has been charged with filing false claims and violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.
An affidavit shows that Snyder was used operational funds for personal trips and vacations he took while serving as OPPRS director. Records allege Snyder took trips to California and an extended vacation to Europe without using his annual or sick leave.
Documents show that Snyder would schedule “impromptu meetings” with investment firm representatives during his travels and asked them to bring portfolios so he could “justify travel expenses”. Hunter’s office reviewed emails from Snyder and found during a 2017 layover in New York while on his way to Europe, Snyder emailed an investment manager to review a portfolio prior to dinner. An email allegedly sent by Snyder reads “that way it is a [sic] expense deduction!”
In March, Hunter’s office opened an investigation into the OPPRS after receiving an anonymous tip. Hunter says that no pension trust funds were involved in the case.
“The evidence gathered shows an abuse of authority, which undermined the agency and its fiduciary responsibilities to its more than 9,000 police officers and their families. My office remains dedicated to those members and their families, while holding accountable those who attempt to take advantage of them.” Hunter said.