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Oklahoma paid a Tulsa bar owner $2.1 million to deliver N95 masks. Only 10,000 came, so the state is suing.

Oklahoma paid a Tulsa bar owner $2.1 million to deliver N95 masks. Only 10,000 came, so the state is suing.

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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."

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"We're telling our county commissioners this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity," said Gene Wallace, executive director of the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma, known as ACCO. "This is something that's going to have far-reaching affect on their counties."

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