Attorney renews challenge to Oklahoma Unclaimed Property Act

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City attorney who frequently challenges actions by the Legislature is renewing his legal challenges to the state's Unclaimed Property Act and bills that funded state government for the last three years.

    Attorney Jerry Fent filed appeals Monday in both cases that were earlier dismissed by Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince. Fent wants both cases to be taken up by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

    In one lawsuit, Fent claims the state operated a Ponzi scheme by raiding the Unclaimed Property Fund and using that money to fund state government operations. The other lawsuit claims billions of dollars appropriated by the Legislature in the last three general appropriation bills were unconstitutional.

    Fent has successfully challenged several bills approved by the Legislature in recent years.

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