November 17, 2017
By Bob Coleman
Editor, Fraud Friday
Fraud Friday — Former Mayor, Bank Sr. VP Indicted on 33 Counts of Loan Fraud
He took $6 million over the past 15 years says the District Attorney.
Ernie Currier, 64, simply stole his customers info and made bogus loans pocketing the proceeds says the indictment.
His wife posted a $10,000 bond for his release.
Reports the Enid News:
On Sept. 5, a man made a report with the Enid Police Department regarding the theft of his identity. He said on Aug. 31 he’d received a phone call from a Security National Bank representative who inquired about his farm equipment loan. The man said he’d never received such a loan, so he contacted Currier, senior vice president of commercial lending at Security National Bank in Enid.
“The man described Currier as a close personal friend and fellow member of the First Baptist Church in Enid,” Jacobi said. “Currier initially tried reassuring the citizen that the bank had made an error and that his identity had not been stolen. Ultimately, through a series of later phone calls, Currier confessed that he’d used the citizen’s personal information to open several fraudulent loans at the bank. Currier also admitted that other individuals were victimized.” According to an affidavit filed in the case, when the man called Currier about the loans Currier told him he had taken the loans out in his name and that Currier “fully expected to be prosecuted.” Currier also told the man there were other names he used to create fraudulent loans. The man recorded the conversation and gave police a copy.
That man had three loans, in the amounts of $125,000, $100,000 and $145,000, taken out in his name, according to the affidavit. Records indicate Currier generated and signed the documents used to open loans in the man’s name.
Ernie Currier is a former mayor of Enid, Oklahoma. In 2016 he was named the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.