Trying to carry on grassroots consumer advocacy, the state attorney general has created an award in the name of the man who essentially established private consumer protection in Oklahoma.
For a quarter century, Brad Edwards hunted down scam artists and warned the public about frauds through his "In Your Corner" segment on KFOR-TV Channel 4.
"We approached (KFOR) with the idea because Brad just kind of pioneered that," said Charlie Price, spokesman for Attorney General Drew Edmondson. "He did such good work. There were a lot of people who were able to either get their money back from an unscrupulous deal or exposed scams. We thought that would be a good way of honoring the work he did."
The Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award will be handed out to an individual who raises awareness of an attempt to scam or swindle the public.
"Many times we only hear the stories about folks who are victimized and the scam artist never gets caught," Price said. "But there are success stories out there where a Good Samaritan has stepped in and said, 'Hey, don't fall for this trick.'"
The award is open to individuals who work in the area of consumer protection, or individual citizens just trying to be neighborly. For the first Brad Edwards Award, nominations are being accepted through Jan. 11.
Edwards worked at KFOR for more than 30 years. At the age of 58, he died in 2006 after a brain aneurysm sent him into a coma. "Scott Cooper