ENID, Okla. — Embattled former Enid mayor and bank vice president Ernst "Ernie" Currier will have a "liquidation auction" later this month.
Currier was arraigned in November on 33 felony charges related to what authorities said was $6.2 million worth of fraudulently obtained loans.
The auction is for two plots of land, Currier's home and personal property, including farm equipment, four-wheelers, a motorcycle, tools and other miscellaneous items. The on-site auction is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at 2721 S. Leona Mitchell. The auction will be presented by Josh Bellamy, of B&C Bellamy and Co. LLC of Cherokee.
An ad for the auction first ran in the Enid News & Eagle Dec. 31. The ad includes listings for a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche, a 1997 Honda Valkyrie GL1500C, tractors, trailers, ATVs, guns and ammunition and cattle equipment and supplies.
Currier, 64, was charged Nov. 14 with one count of misapplication of funds, one count of unlawful proceeds, seven counts of false personation, 12 counts of second-degree forgery and 12 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. He faces up to 299 years in prison, fines of up to $160,000 and civil penalties of up to three times the value of the property involved in the transaction on all the charges.
Detectives uncovered a loan-fraud scheme that began more than 17 years ago, according to an affidavit filed in the case. Police say Currier opened a total of 61 fraudulent loans between the years 2000 and 2017.
He stole and used the personal identities of at least nine people and created at least eight other false identities, according to the affidavit. Bank records indicated Currier disbursed the loans by using wire transfers to a variety of business and personal accounts held at other financial institutions.
Currier had established the other accounts by using sham companies and counterfeit information, according to the affidavit. Once the proceeds were transferred, Currier typically would use a portion of the funds to make loan payments and another portion for his personal use.
Currier is set for a bond appearance at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29 before Special District Judge Brain Lovell. He is free on $10,000 bond.