OKLAHOMA CITY — In March, at the start of the pandemic, Oklahoma health officials turned four times to a Tulsa piano bar owner who was promising he could get N95 masks from China in large amounts and quickly.
They ordered more than 2 million of the highly sought after masks from his brand new company, PPE Supplies LLC. On the second order, they even paid him half upfront — $2.125 million — after he promised delivery in 10 days. Now, the owner, Casey Bradford, is accused of being a liar.
The Oklahoma Health Department on Tuesday sued Bradford and PPE Supplies LLC in Oklahoma County District Court; fewer than 10,000 masks were delivered through PPE Supplies, according to the breach of contract lawsuit.
The Health Department is seeking to recoup $1.825 million, plus interest. It also is seeking punitive damages for "misconduct."