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Health Department Investigation Moves Forward

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The head of a special state House committee looking into allegations of financial mismanagement at the Department of Health has issued subpoenas to three of Gov. Mary Fallin's top executives.

Subpoenas were served Thursday to Fallin's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger, the acting director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services Denise Northrup and Fallin's Chief of Staff Chris Benge.

The subpoenas seek answers to dozens of questions about financial problems at the Department of Health as well as records in the offices of the governor and OMES relating to the health department and other executive agencies.

Several top officials at the Department of Health have resigned, including Commissioner Terry Cline, and Attorney General Mike Hunter has requested a state investigative audit that could lead to criminal charges.