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Former Enid mayor accused of $6 million loan fraud scheme

Ernst Leroy Currier has been charged with 33 felonies in Garfield County. (Enid Police Department)

(AP) -- A former Enid mayor and bank vice president has been charged with 33 felonies in what police say is the largest fraud investigation in the city's history.

Ernst Leroy Currier was charged Tuesday with multiple counts, including misapplication of funds, forgery and obtaining money by false pretenses. Police say the charges involve dozens of fraudulent loans and identity theft going back 15 years.

The Enid News & Eagle reports that the 64-year-old Currier faces up to 299 years in prison if convicted.

Currier was a senior vice president of commercial lending at Security National Bank in Enid. Authorities accuse Currier of opening more than $6 million in loans in people's names without their consent.

His attorney, Clint Claypole, says Currier is cooperating with the investigation but he declined further comment.

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