The Attorney General’s Office Tuesday honored David Cathey, fraud investigator for Judicial District 19 with the 2014 Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award for his work investigating fraud and educating the public on prevention.
Cathey, of Durant, became an investigator for District Attorney Emily Redman after retiring from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation. He is assigned to investigate forgeries, embezzlement and bogus checks in addition to any other cases that require his expertise in Bryan, Coal and Atoka counties.
He began his career as part of the Capitol Patrol at the State Capitol, later serving as a trooper for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Central University and graduated from the 10th OSBI Academy and served as special agent with special training in investigation of financial crimes, computer crimes and general investigations.
He was nominated for the award by Elaine Dodd, who is currently the anti-fraud trainer and vice president for the Oklahoma Banker’s Association. She provides fraud training to thousands of bankers and customers across the state and was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013.
Cathey has been “called on the carpet” many times during his three decades of law enforcement, but this is one “carpet” he will always remember. It began with a citation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives that was presented by Rep. Dustin Roberts. Following a press conference in the Senate Lounge and the presentation of the award by state Attorney General Scott Pruitt, he was “called on the carpet” of the Oklahoma Senate where he received another citation presented by Sen. Josh Brecheen.
“I feel pretty fortunate that I am able to sometimes pursue cases involving fraud because I have a passion for those crimes,” said Cathey. “I feel very lucky to work for a district attorney who affords me a lot of discretion and the ability to go after those cases.”
Cathey said his duties at the DA’s office are first and foremost to support the prosecution staff which takes many forms involving evidence photos, service of subpoenas, locating and interviewing witnesses and arresting fugitives.
“I’m not a specialist in anything, Cathey said. “This office is too small for anyone to specialize much. All the staff, beginning with Mrs. Redman, has to wear many hats to get the job done and keep the volume of work moving forward most of the time.”
In an effort to make the public more aware of fraud tactics and prevention methods he has spoken to civic groups in the district and most recently to a veterans group in Ardmore. He is available to any group who would like to learn about preventing fraud.
The winner of the award is chosen based on exemplary and voluntary consumer service by initiating advocacy programs, actively participating in such activities or taking significant action that protects or benefits Oklahoma consumers.
“Cathy embodies the true spirit of this award with his outstanding work to investigate fraud and protect Oklahomans from scams,” said Attorney General Pruitt. “We are happy to recognize David and his contribution to help educate Oklahomans about consumer fraud.”